Workplace care became a common service among companies, as many companies try to keep their employees healthy and safe in order to perform at their fullest.
Medical services focus on occupational health and wellness. They can help the business reduce healthcare costs and keep the employees healthy while being convenient.
The workplace could offer a broad range of wellness services and preventive treatment. Companies have already understood that it is important to keep the business safe and productive; such an environment will bring out more profit.
Doctors can come directly to the workplace to check employees, to prevent and manage injuries. Workplace care can include pre-employment physical examination, screenings for drug and alcohol, physical therapy and emergency treatment.
Some companies can also offer group classes on diabetes, individual counseling, nutritional consultations, and wellness presentations.
It all started with the need to comply with OSHA regulations. Physicians also have expertise in OSHA regulations and know how to deal with occupational care, which helps the employers to save time and money.
The decision is up for the employer. Instead of choosing to do less, companies decided to do more. Some of them have onsite nurse practitioners that can monitor for chronic conditions, treat illnesses and make a diagnosis. As a result, many employees observed a decrease in their employees’ blood pressure.
Another example is the incentive programs intended to reduce tobacco use. Some of them have actually managed to help people quit smoking.
Other companies focused on weight loss and organized educational seminars and discussion groups. They even offered personal coaching and incentives related to blood pressure control and cholesterol management techniques.
However, OSHA has more to say on the matter of work safety. When it comes to workplace drug testing, the companies have the right to test their employees in a series of circumstances.
Some of the circumstances involve a workplace accident. However, OSHA decided to ban post-accident testing and to allow it to happen only when substances might have been a factor in the situation.
Employees’ bad habits can expose colleagues to risks, and they could also escape the responsibility of their acts.
OSHA had also regulated the electronic tracking of workplace illnesses and injuries. This means that companies that have more than ten workers at a single site will have to post an annual form log. Companies are worried about their image because OSHA wants to make public all the work-related incidents and injuries.
With all this pressure acting on them, it’s no wonder the businesses decide to keep their employees as happy and as healthy as possible. They risk losing their biggest asset, and also may be subjected to heavy penalties.
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