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Question About Occupational Medical

What is included in a physical examination?

During a physical examination the OHN will determine specific underlining issues and will do various of test to see what cause the issues. The following happens during a “standard” physical examination: During a physical examination the OHN will determine specific underlining issues and will do various of test to see what cause the issues. The following happens during a “standard” physical examination: • Employee/Patient will sign consent letter• Complete family history questionnaire• Complete other questionnaires (Working at Height, Food, Ect) • Vision test (Snellen Chart) • BMI Calculation (Height and Weight)• Urine Screening (10 Panel)• Blood Pressure Testing• The OHN will listen to the heart and lungs. • Reflex test• Look at the eyes and hears. • Ect

Can any nurse do occupational Medicals?

The only nurses that is allowed to declare a worker fit is a nurse that studied nursing and specialized in occupational health. The Nurse should also be registered at SANC.

How many Medical Can be done on one day?

There are two main factors that important In order to calculate the quantity of medicals that can done in one day. There are two main factors that important In order to calculate the quantity of medicals that can done in one day. 1- Size of Medical Team: We sent a team of up to 6 medical staff to a client’s site if the client has more than 40 employees that needs to be screened. This will allow us to operate with more than one set of equipment.  We’ve reached 120 employees in one shift at our highest capacity. (That was done with multiple audio, vision and spirometry equipment and more than one occupational nurse).2- The amount of staff the client can make available. Our target is to screen at lease 40 employees in a shift, but sometimes work and manufacturing constrains will not allow us to do those numbers. 

How do you know what medical should be done?

This is the most frequent question that clients asks us. The most accurate way to know what medicals should be done is to first do a hygiene survey. During the Hygiene survey the AIA Consultant will do varies of screening in your workplace and based on the exposure that gests detected during the survey. We can do a health risk assessment in the workplace to determine the exposures and to decide what medicals should be suitable. There is general conditions that requires medicals. The Following is good examples: This is the most frequent question that clients asks us. The most accurate way to know what medicals should be done is to first do a hygiene survey. During the Hygiene survey the AIA Consultant will do varies of screening in your workplace and based on the exposure that gests detected during the survey. We can do a health risk assessment in the workplace to determine the exposures and to decide what medicals should be suitable. There is general conditions that requires medicals. The Following is good examples: • Drivers and Machine Operators• Asbestos Exposure• Construction workers• Employees Working at height• ect

How long does it take to do an occupational medical?

The duration it takes to conduct a medical is dependent on the type of medical that needs to be conducted on the employee/patient. The work exposure of the employee will determine what medical will be required. In a nutshell with our modern equipment we are able to get the following average numbers:
Audio Screening: +-10Min
Vision Screening: +-10Min
Spirometry: +-5-10Min
Physical examination can be from 10min to 30min, all condition and exposure dependent.

What medical do a construction person ?

The construction medical is based on the exposure the hazards and risks that the employee will be exposed to. The normal Annexure 3 medical will include a physical examination, audio screening, spirometry screening. Should the person be exposed to asbestos then he/she will require a xray in ordered to be declared fit for work.

How often should you do an occupation medical?

Every employee should undergo a baseline assessment, thereafter it’s all exposure and condition dependent. A certificate of fitness is only valid for 12months and therefore if a person is working in an environment where the is risks for health issues than an annual assessment should be done. A Person shpuld undergo a medical bi-annually if the person works in an environment where the noise exposure is greater then 105DB.

Is Occupational Medical a legal requirement in South Africa?

Occupational Medical is a legal requirement in South Africa under Section 8 of the OHS act and specific regulations in the OHS Act will also stipulate what other types of medicals is required and what the frequency should be.

What is the purpose of occupational medical in South Africa?

The purpose of a medical is to declare the person fit for work and to screen that the workplace doesn’t have a negative impact on the staff.

How do you test for Noise Induce hearing loss?

NIHL is tested by an audiometry device that can be done in a sound proof booth or with modern booth-free equipment. The test result will called PLH (Possible Loss of Hearing).