Occupational Health Services

When it comes to deciphering the legal requirements, creating, implementing and monitoring high standards in Occupational Health Care, HSP Group are equipped to assist with this daunting task. HSP Group SA are the leaders in Occupational Health, we will manage these issues so that your managers can focus on the success of your core business and efficient functioning of your organisation.

Assess

Our specialised team come to your site to assess specific employee fitness specifications and risks that cause Occupational Diseases.

Reduce

By supplying your company with a complete Health Risk Assessment document we guide you on the assessment outcomes and requirements including Medical surveillance, Biological Monitoring, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and training requirements. By making use of our guidelines, you will reduce your risk.

Manage

Our team will come to you and offer an effective and efficient Medical Surveillance Programme roll out and professional follow up by efficiently assessing your needs.

We ensure that you are always compliant.

Doing the right test on the right people for the right reasons
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What is Medical Surveillance?

Medical Surveilance is establishing a health starting point, to ensure job specific fitness and ongoing testing to identify early signs of work-related ill health, in exposed employees so that preventative actions can be taken.

Medical Surveilance includes:

  • Pre-employment medical
  • Periodic medical
  • Exit Medical
  • Red ticket medical
  • Executive medical
  • Return to work assessments
  • Work placement medicals
  • Special medicals
Medical Surveillance Testing and Reporting

Our Occupational Medical Surveilance Testing and reporting offer a wide variety of both legally mandatory assessments for the entire workforce. We provide your company with comprehensive feedback, detailed reports, on going assistance, recommendations and follow-up on various levels needed.

Occupational Health tests offered:

Hearing tests are designed to identify the hearing ability of an employee before, during or after employment in order to establish their efficiency for work or damage resulting from their job.

Why conduct hearing tests?
Conducting hearing tests on employees assure that you are compliant with the statutory Health Screening requirements as laid down by the Occupational health and safety act number 85 of 1993 , specifically for those employees exposed to noise at work. (Link to OHSA) as well as Instruction 171 of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act No 130 0f 1993″ (COID Act)

We offer:
On site testing to reduce loss of production.Our technicians and practitioners will work through the hearing tests on exposed staff in whatever order or timetable suits production and the client schedules to ensure maximum productivity of staff.

A professional summary report will be presented to management within 2 weeks of testing being completed, for your records.


Or

Visit one of our Occupational Health Referral Centres

When are hearing tests mandated?
Employees that need to undergo audio testing, need to be 16 hours noise free before the test is conducted.

How long does this take?The process typically takes 15-20 minutes per person.

Why should a diagnostic audiogram be conducted?
In cases where Percentage Hearing Loss (PHL) is 10% or more, we have our own in-house Audiologist, who specialises in Noise Induced Hearing Loss claims with the compensation commissioner and to give employees hearing aids, when indicated.

When should a diagnostic audiogram take place?Appointments are usually made at one of our Occupational Health Referral Clinics offering diagnostic audios is usually on a Monday morning as the regulations require a longer period of no noise exposure than for normal screening tests.

We do consult for clients who have not been screened by us, we are happy to continue with the necessary follow-up on behalf of in house Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners as well as outsourced Occupational Health Service providers.

Not all hearing tests are created equal

According to current legislation all audiometric screening must be done in a calibrated, audiometric booth.

All audiometric screening is performed in accordance with the NIHL Regulations (Instruction 171 of the COIDAct) and in accordance with SANS 0083:2012 and SANS 8253:1.

Workplace Spirometry

Why?

 

  • A professional summary report will be presented to management within 2 weeks of testing being completed, for your records.
  • Abnormal Lung function screening
  • These should be followed up with chest x rays and a consultation with an Occupational Health Medial Practitioner (OHMP).

 

This can be done in one simple appointment at one of our Occupational Health Referral Centres.

The Spirometry testing is compliant with the statutory Medical Surveillance requirements and in accordance with best practice in high risk employees and for substances identified as respiratory sensitisers.

We offer:
Or
Visit one of our Occupational Health Referral Centres

Our technicians and practitioners will work through the lung function tests on exposed staff in whatever order or timetable suits production and the client schedules.

The process typically takes 10-15 minutes per person.

    Why should one’s vision be tested?
    Good vision is necessary for most jobs, it is a key requirement for most employees to have good vision in order to effectively perform their daily tasks.

    What we offer:
    We offer two different types or “levels” of vision screening testing within industry.

    Snellen testing (basic test for distant vision only):
    This is by means of using a traditional “Snellen eye chart”.
    The outcome is a result of distant vision in left, right and both eyes.

    Advanced vision screening
    This is by means of progressive testing with advanced, electronic Vision Screeners.

    The outcome includes:
    Visual acuity (both eyes individually and together),

        • colour blindness,
        • peripheral vision,
        • depth perception and
        • glare recovery.

    This testing is trusted by occupational health professionals to evaluate employee visual fitness of all levels of employment.

    When should one’s vision be tested?
    If your vision acuity is a prequisite for your job,it is important to undergo a vision screening.Drivers and forklift drivers need to undergo vision screening as their vision acuity is of utmost importance in their jobs.

    How long does it take?
    The process typically takes 15-20 minutes per person.

    Biological monitoring is the only practical way of measuring an employee’s individual exposure to chemicals, paint or other sources, i.e. by the analysis of metabolites or the measurement of actual chemical levels in a urine or blood sample.

    Why conduct biological monitoring?
    In order to comply with the requirements as stated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act no. 85 of 1993 and in order to prevent long term Occupational Illness in your employee, this testing needs to be done.

    What chemical exposures need to be tested and when?
    Chemical testing includes, but most certainly is not limited to the chemicals reflecting in table 3 (refer to table 3 of the Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulations)

    We offer:
    On site testing to reduce loss of production.
    Or
    Visit one of our Occupational Health Referral Centres

    Our technicians and practitioners will collect biological samples from exposed staff in whatever order or timetable suits production and the client schedules.

    How long does it take?
    The process typically takes 5-10 minutes per person.

    A professional summary report will be presented to management within 2 weeks of testing being completed, for your records.

    As the employer is liable for staff operating equipment, it is vital to have an effective drug and alcohol screening programme in place. Operating equipment under the influence of drugs and alcohol is dangerous.

    Why?
    In order to comply with legislation and to reduce accidents and incidents.
    All we require is you have a robust Drug and Alcohol policy in place. HSP can provide a full chain of custody screening service.

    Drug & Alcohol Screening Services:

      1. Help with Policy writing.
      2. On-site Drug and Alcohol Screening by independent specialists.-Scheduled Basis – regular intervals, and programmes.

    -Random Basis – Usually management knows of testing, but random or all staff are selected for testing.

    -For cause – should there be a problem on site, testing at our referral centres or we will come on site, if there is a practitioner immediately available on call out.

     

    • Help with own staff administering workplace Drug and Alcohol screening.
    • Provision of the Drug and Alcohol testing kits and equipment.
    • Back-up for positive results and provision of Laboratory confirmation and assistance with rehab referrals.

     

    Drug & Alcohol testing can be conducted at any of our referral centre or our team can come to site. (Should a practitioner be available on call out)

    Life is simply easier with a professionally run HSP on site clinic.
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