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Do employers have to follow occupational health recommendations?

Depending on the industry, some employers are required to abide by federal and state regulations and laws for workforce health and safety.

No, occupational health was designed to enhance workplace safety. Companies that follow best practices in occupational health can expect reduced risk and costs, enhanced employee performance and productivity, litigation avoidance, reduced employee turnover rates, and more.

Depending on the industry and the specific job, an employee may be asked to undergo certain occupational health medical services to ensure that they are physically fit and capable of performing the tasks required of the job. In such circumstances, it may be necessary for occupational health physicians and licensed health care professionals (PLHCP) to ask for medical records to further evaluate and make a safe decision regarding any underlying health conditions an employee may have that could pose a risk while on the job. For example, an employee undergoing a CDL physical exam who has a positive medical history may require additional medical documentation such as labs, diagnostic testing, etc.

A well-designed occupational health program is key to ensuring that your organization and employees stay safe while on the job. Companies that follow best practices in occupational health can appreciate:

•      Reduced risk and costs

•      Maximize employee performance and productivity

•      Improved reputation and brand

•      Litigation avoidance

•      Investor confidence

•      Reduced employee turnover rates