Occupational Health Hazards and Care Services


Large scale industrialisation and high production target are increasingly exposing the employees or workforce to various health problems which are termed as occupational health hazards or illness.
The presences of different physical, chemical and biological agents in the workplace conditions are responsible for affecting the normal physiological mechanisms and deterioration of health of the workers.
But occupational health issues are often compromised because these are directly related to the nature and process of the work one has to perform daily in his/her workplace. There are many professions in which some degree of health risks are involved. While they may not be fully eliminated, they can be minimised by taking the below measures -

  • 1. Improving the working conditions to minimise the adverse effects on health of the workers.
  • 2. Protect the workers from risks resulting from factors adverse to health.
  • 3. Providing routine health check up.

Poor working conditions of any type are the main responsible factors that affect a worker’s health and safety. But unhealthy or unsafe working conditions are not limited industrial conditions - they can be found anywhere, whether the workplace is indoors or outdoors. For example, agricultural or mine workers don’t work indoor yet they can pose many health hazards. For many workers the working and living conditions are not much different. This means the occupational hazards may also affect lives of their family members and people in their community.
A classic example may be the tannery workers. The excruciating smell of drying animal skins and use of chemicals in processing the leathers pose the threats of lungs and skin problems to the workers in their workplace. But since they generally dwell in the same area with their family they can’t escape the toxic environment caused by the strong smell in the air. Many observations revealed that tannery workers and their families generally suffer from various diseases.
Successful occupational health practice requires the collaboration and participation of both employees and workers and involves the consideration of issues relating to occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, toxicology, education, ergonomics, psychology, etc.

Why is Occupational Health Services Important?

Work plays a central role in people's lives, since most workers spend at least eight hours a day in the workplace, whether it is on a plantation, in an office, factory, etc. Although it may not be practically possible to remove health hazards completely from some of the works, they can definitely be reduced and more importantly health conditions of the workers can be improved by introducing occupational health services.

Successful occupational health practice requires the collaboration and participation of both employees and workers and involves the consideration of issues relating to occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, toxicology, education, ergonomics, psychology, etc.

Firstly it is necessary to learn about the diseases specific to a particular work environment. In general, dusts, gases, noise, chemicals, vibration, extreme temperature and smell are considered the catalysts for the occupational health problems. Depending upon the existence of one or more of these factors present in the environment of the workplace, it may be possible to anticipate the diseases that might happen to the workers. Occupational Health Cares Offers multi-pronged services, such as,

  • Serving Injured Workers
  • Immunization to the employees
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Preventive health cares specific to work environment Drug and alcohol testing

Expecare is an occupational health service for both employees and the employers that provides exceptional medical care to injured workers and focused on recovering and returning of the workers to their works as soon as possible. The employers can rest assured with the services that meet the regulatory requirements, reduce risk, maintain a healthy and productive workforce, and manage workers’ compensation claims efficiently.

Urgent Care includes a complete array of immunizations from annual flu shots to specialized vaccines for your employees. Immunization is the best way to prevent disease and keep the workforce stay healthy and productive. It also conforms to the health policy in some industries.

Expecare provides both DOT and non-DOT drug tests including collection, analysis and Medical Review Officer( MRO ) services when applicable and reporting.

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