Many of us work a lot — probably too much. In fact, according to the American Medical Association, more than 130 million Americans spend most of their day at work. Knowing that your workplace is safe can be reassuring. And, if you are a manager, knowing that your employees are safe can offer you peace of mind.
The practice of occupational medicine, a subspecialty of preventative medicine, focuses on treating and preventing illness and injuries in the workplace. This practice benefits employers and employees. Occupational medicine can help workers miss fewer days due to illness or injury and helps keeps the business operating as usual. Healthy workers are productive workers.
Here are just a few of the many ways that having an occupational medicine specialist such as Madhav Devani, MD, connected to your business can help your employees stay safe and healthy on the job.
Pre-employment drug screening
Pre-employment drug screening helps employers prevent hiring people who may have drug abuse issues. This preventative screening test helps protect both workers and the employer from the negative impact of having someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol work at the company. The tests conducted usually consist of urine analysis, but in certain cases, blood screenings can be ordered as well.
Post-injury drug testing
It’s common for employers to drug test employees after an on-the-job injury. The results of this test could affect the eligibility for workers’ compensation. Ross Bridge Medical Center, located in Hoover, Alabama, offers on-the-job drug testing and can help treat the work-related injury as well.
Hearing and vision checks
To prevent on-the-job injuries, hearing and vision tests can ensure that any hearing or vision impairments won’t affect job productivity or increase the risk of injury.
Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Your employees may need vaccinations based on your company requirements, company travel, employment laws, or for their own health reasons. Some of the many vaccinations available to employees include:
- Tetanus and diphtheria
- Varicella (chickenpox)
If an employee gets injured or is severely ill on the job, they’ll need immediate attention. As your occupational medicine specialist, Ross Bridge Medical Center can provide urgent care right away for your employees. At their visit, our providers will exam and diagnose the issue and begin treatment right away.
If you’re an employer or employee interested in learning more about the benefits of occupational medicine, call Ross Bridge Medical Center for information or make an appointment online through this website.