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What do occupational health services do?

Occupational health services range from audiometric testing to on-site health and mobile collection services, immunizations, physical exams, and more. These services focus on helping businesses maintain a safe and healthy workplace by identifying health risks before they're an issue. Additionally, occupational health assists with hazard prevention, injury care, and ensuring employees or candidates meet the general health requirements for a job.

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.

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