The goal of preventative health care in the workplace is to protect the health of both employees and service providers. Preventative health care also aims to check employee fitness for work and avoid occupational accidents and illnesses.
Ensuring that employees are up to date on their medical screening and examinations can be a very time consuming exercise that is difficult to manage.
The outcome of any preventative health care programme should ensure that:
• Employees are fit for, and suited to, the work they are to do, and meet the inherent health requirements for the relevant occupation.
• The health of employees is not adversely affected by their work or working environment.
• Baseline medical information on all employees is established, especially those exposed to health hazards.