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Has anyone ever had an Occupational Health Assessment?

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I've been at my work for around a year and a half and have had approx 10 days absent from work (about 5 periods of absence), my line manager thinks it would be a good idea to send be for an Occupation… Read More
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
I've been at my work for around a year and a half and have had approx 10 days absent from work (about 5 periods of absence), my line manager thinks it would be a good idea to send be for an Occupational Health Assessment...I'm not keen at at all as I do not want the HR person to know certain things about my medical history as he has a tendency to not keep his mouth shut!

Do they get a copy of my medical records/speak to my doc or is it just a case of speaking to the occupation health doctor they employ?

This is really stressing me!
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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#1
I had one back in Feb which was quite simple, eye test, confirmation of innoculations had over the years and a weight check.
#2
You only need to see Occy Health, if you breach certain trigger points in absence over a month/ year, 10 days is not a trigger I've heard of in the period of time you describe.
1 Like #3
Rather than speculate, ask your line manager what it consists and the concerns you have x
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Alfonse
You only need to see Occy Health, if you breach certain trigger points in absence over a month/ year, [COLOR="Red"]10 days is not a trigger I've heard of in the period of time you describe[/COLOR].


But it being split over five different times quite possibly could be. Having odd days off here and there is always seen as being a lot worse (in the employer's eyes) than having one or two lengthy absenses.
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midlandscomics
But it being split over five different times quite possibly could be. Having odd days off here and there is always seen as being a lot worse (in the employer's eyes) than having one or two lengthy absenses.


Still 5 periods of 2 days in 18months is not enough in most organisations
[mod]#6
Can't be any worse than the cough and drop assessment. :lol: It's hard to cough as it tickles. loooooooool
#7
I think my line manager is worried because the first bought of absences were because I was blacking out and feeling dizzy (I was anemic, but this is all sorted now). I really just don't want them having my medical records (well the HR person).
Is it a doc that carries out the assesment?
#8
tinkerbell28;6066035
How do you mean, they have a duty to keep OHA confidential and all details confidential, if they don't head to a tribunal before they can even blink.

Yeh but a report is given back to HR/line management? Soes that not have full details?
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chunky
Yeh but a report is given back to HR/line management? Soes that not have full details?


The report should go back to your line manager (or there's littl p oint in sending you for it) but it's highly confidential so if you have any difficulties complain to a higher authority...

10 days in 18 months would trigger alarm bells at my organisation.
1 Like #10
on mine there was a box to tick that said "Tick here if you do not want any details passed on to HR or Line Manager"
1 Like #11
Alfonse
Still 5 periods of 2 days in 18months is not enough in most organisations


at my work is triggered by 3 occasions within a 6 month period or 4 within 12 months so depends how spread out they are
1 Like #12
I believe I had one done many years ago - after I suddenly went sick with neck pain. I had a workstation assessment, and I was eventually moved to a different desk to reduce any further risk.

My mum has health assessments regularly at her work - she takes them willingly

Occupational Health taken from http://mediclinic.co.uk/occupationalhealth.html

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Making Occupational Health a core function of your business can increase the profitability and the success of your business by impacting the following areas:

Better staff attendance and retention
Improved staff motivation and performance
Increased productivity and profitability
Reduction in sickness absence levels
Reduced risk and cost of litigation

What is occupational health?
Occupational health promotes and maintains holistic well-being among employees across the spectrum of jobs in London, the UK and worldwide. By preventing poor health in the workplace, occupational health aids productivity, minimises risks at work and helps employees adapt to the demands of their careers.
1 Like #13
Hi
I'm not sure what your occupation is but as a civil servant OH referrals are quite common. There is no specific criteria for referring someone, it could be long periods of absence due to a back condition for example, or increased absence over a short period or even following a recent diagnosis of something like diabetes. People tend to worry about them but in our department they are used as a support mechanisim to ensure that the employee has everything they need from their employer in order to carry out their job. I was recently referred to OH following a herniated disc in my spine which has resulted in several periods of absence. As a result i now have a chair with proper orthopedic support, and my desk set up in a such a way that prevents unecessary twisting with a mobile flat screen monitor and a split keyboard/numerical keypad etc.
With regard to the medical report, your GP will only release information that is relevent to any conditions that is preventing your from attending/carrying out your work, it's not a case of your entire medical history being available to read.
We have a centralised HR department where all personnel records are held, but a smaller internal team for dealing with paperwork. When my report came through it focussed on what the problem is and what steps can be taken by my employers to support me at work. I know they requested information from my doctor but that was not part of the report, that was used purely to assist the OH team in making their recommendations.
I really wouldn't worry too much, but if you are concerned, nothing can be released from your doctor without your consent anyway, it would just mean that OH would make recommendations based on your consultation only.
Good Luck!
#14
Thank you everyone for your help....panic over...rep to follow xx
#15
hi
I have referred staff to OHS, the doctor at OHS will keep information confidential and does not give employers all info, to be honest the reports are very general, it depends what your employer is asking specifically of ohs. They should show you the letter they are sending have they done so? This will give you a clearer understanding of what they are looking for. You have the right to refuse and can request they contact your doctor directly instead. This gives you much more control of what will be written as your doctor will only respond with info you are comfortable with and will meet with you to discuss this. If they are genuinly only concerned about your health they should be happy with this compromise as they will get verification you are fit for work or if you need support in specific areas.:thumbsup:
#16
go sick with stress
#17
I was referred because I hit a trigger of 3 periods of absence in 3 moths. 2 of those absences were only one day, so i think you may have hit a trigger over the separate periods.
Mine was caused by my daughter having constant chest infections, for which she was hospitalised eventually, and I didn't rest when I caught one, trying to not have too much time off work.

when I got to OH, I explained everything, and they said there was nothing I could have done, and thats the report they were sending back to my employers. I was livid beforehand as I had already told my employers what had happened, but they didn't want to listen
#18
I had an occupational health assessment before I started my job as I had had a lengthy period of absence in my previous post. It was done by a specialist OH nurse and she told me that they are done to check that the employer is making appropriate adjustments for any health concerns you have. Other staff have been referred and have had extra treatment provided eg. counselling. I've never known it to be used against someone.
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Susannah
I had an occupational health assessment before I started my job as I had had a lengthy period of absence in my previous post. It was done by a specialist OH nurse and she told me that they are done to check that the employer is making appropriate adjustments for any health concerns you have. Other staff have been referred and have had extra treatment provided eg. counselling. I've never known it to be used against someone.


In order to go down the disciplinary route with an employee who has a poor track record in regards to sick leave, a medical assessment is required, if the assessment returns stating the employee is now in good health and they cannot see any reason for ongoing sickness absence, then this is used as evidence to discipline employees if there sickness levels do not improve in the future.
OHS reports can and are used as back up evidence to discipline if sick leave levels do not improve. This is obviously not the case if underlying health issues are evidenced, although this can equally be used by an employer to go down the route of medically unfit for work (obviously in extreme cases). Sorry for being a cynic but thats the reality, Although certainly this case appears different,
#20
fairyworks;6067546
In order to go down the disciplinary route with an employee who has a poor track record in regards to sick leave, a medical assessment is required, if the assessment returns stating the employee is now in good health and they cannot see any reason for ongoing sickness absence, then this is used as evidence to discipline employees if there sickness levels do not improve in the future.
OHS reports can and are used as back up evidence to discipline if sick leave levels do not improve. This is obviously not the case if underlying health issues are evidenced, although this can equally be used by an employer to go down the route of medically unfit for work (obviously in extreme cases). Sorry for being a cynic but thats the reality, Although certainly this case appears different,

I think my line manager just wants to cover herself in case the blackouts etc I was experiencing start again, I really took the minimal time off (most days due to being in hospital) and often went into work knowing full well I shouldn't be in (nor did they think I should be in!).

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