Occupational Health is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the safety, health, and welfare of people at work. The goals of occupational health programs are to foster a safe and healthy work environment.
There are several situations where Occupational Health could be involved with an individual’s employment:
- To establish that candidates are able to meet the physical requirements of the job prior to assignment (i.e. if the job is deemed to be physically demanding)
- To monitor employee’s health status at periodic intervals when the job involves exposure to potential health hazards (health screening may be necessary)
- To establish that employees are able to return to work after a prolonged absence due to illness or injury
- To suggest conditions under which employees with illnesses, injuries or disabilities are able to continue working