Occupational Health is the set of multidisciplinary activities aimed at the promotion, education, prevention, control, recovery and rehabilitation of workers to protect them from risks related to work.
Therefore, the purpose of the practice of occupational health is to promote and protect the health of workers. This means maintaining and improving their ability to work, establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all, as well as promoting the adaptation of work to the capabilities of workers, taking into account their state of health.
The main thing in occupational health is to ensure a high degree of mental, social and physical wellbeing for workers and prevent all kinds of accidents and unforeseen work, if the prevention techniques are executed correctly avoid unnecessary expenses to the employer and also provide a place of work without elements harmful to health.
At the time of entering a new job, individuals are subjected to medical examinations, through which it is established what their physical and mental conditions are at the time of assuming the contract with said company. After a while, the test will be repeated and, if there is any anomaly in the health of the individual that could be related to the work, occupational health is responsible for helping him.
The occupational doctor is in charge of influencing positively and as early as possible in the so-called determinants of health, both workers and organizations, or the working population as a whole. In short, it seeks to improve the health of people who perform their work within healthy organizations that allow them to develop and be able to fully utilize all their professional and personal potential.
Occupational health objectives:
- Maintain and improve the welfare of the employee through education and early detection of diseases.
- Provide direct care, counseling, referral and / or rehabilitation for those with work-related injuries and / or illnesses.
- To minimize the effects of health hazards on all workers in the workplace.
- To reduce absenteeism, disruption in lifestyle and delayed functional recovery, providing accurate health assessments in a timely manner.
- To comply with federal health and safety regulations.
- Provide professional consultation services in an effort to meet the health care needs of workers, their employers and their claims administrators.
- To assist in the placement of employees in a work environment that is compatible with their physical and psychological health status.