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As businesses strive to navigate the post-pandemic landscape, the role of occupational health (OH) has never been more critical. The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) recently outlined several key messages for the future government, highlighting the need for robust OH services to support both employees and employers.

Key Messages from the SOM

Investment in Occupational Health Services: SOM advocates for increased investment in OH services to ensure comprehensive health surveillance and support for all workers. This investment is crucial for preventing work-related illnesses and promoting overall workforce health.

Integration with Public Health Initiatives: OH services should be integrated with broader public health initiatives to address common health issues such as mental health, musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic diseases. This holistic approach can enhance the effectiveness of health interventions.

Support for Mental Health: With growing awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, SOM stresses the importance of providing adequate mental health support through OH services. This includes offering counselling, stress management programs, and support for employees experiencing burnout.

Workforce Training and Development: There is a need for continuous training and development of OH professionals to keep pace with evolving workplace health challenges. SOM calls for enhanced education and training programs to equip OH practitioners with the necessary skills.

Connexus Health’s Role in Supporting Occupational Health

At Connexus Health, we are dedicated to aligning our services with the key messages from the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) to deliver comprehensive occupational health solutions. Here’s how our specialised services contribute to the future of occupational health:


Health Surveillance and Medicals

HAVS Tier 3 and Tier 4: Our Health Surveillance services for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) are designed to detect early signs of this condition, which can affect workers using hand-held power tools. Tier 3 and Tier 4 assessments involve detailed clinical examinations and functional tests, ensuring early identification and intervention to prevent long-term disability. Regular monitoring helps maintain workforce health and compliance with legal requirements.

Safety Critical Medicals: Safety Critical Medicals are essential for employees in roles where impaired performance could pose significant risks to themselves or others. These medicals assess physical and mental fitness to ensure employees can safely carry out their duties. By conducting comprehensive evaluations, including vision, hearing, cardiovascular health, and drug and alcohol testing, we help employers minimise risks and maintain a safe working environment.

OEUK and Renewable Energy Medicals: Our specialised medicals for workers in the oil, gas, and renewable energy sectors are tailored to address the unique health risks associated with these industries. OEUK medicals ensure that offshore workers meet stringent health standards, while renewable energy medicals focus on the specific physical and environmental challenges faced by workers in this growing sector. These assessments include fitness to work evaluations, respiratory health checks, and exposure assessments for hazardous substances.


Mental Health Support

Case Management Referrals: Mental health is a critical component of overall employee wellbeing. Our Case Management services provide specialised support for mental health issues, including stress, anxiety, and depression. We offer tailored intervention plans, facilitate access to counselling and therapy, and coordinate return-to-work programs to ensure employees receive the necessary support to recover and return to their roles effectively.

Workplace Flu Vaccinations: Preventative health measures, such as workplace flu vaccinations, play a vital role in reducing illness-related absences and maintaining a healthy workforce. Our flu vaccination programs are conducted on-site, providing convenience for employees and helping to prevent the spread of influenza, which can significantly impact productivity and employee wellbeing.


Looking Ahead

By integrating these services with the recommendations from the SOM, Connexus Health aims to be at the forefront of occupational health advancements. We believe that a healthy workforce is the backbone of a successful business, and we provide the necessary support to achieve this goal.


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