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Occupational Health(OH)

Occupational Health is part of preventive medicine. It functions to Protect, Promote, Improve and Maintain the health of the workforce to optimal level, thereby achieving cost effective business goals. Occupational Health is concerned with the relationship between Work & Health & vice versa. In other words; it takes cognizance of how the worker’s health will affect his ability to do the job or how the job/environment will affect his health.

Below are some functions of the occupational health team coined to Capitol Hill clinic

Health Protection:-

  • • Health Surveillance- Ensuring that workers remain fit & well while doing their job.
  • • Periodic examination of exposed workers e.g. spirometry, audiometry, vaccination records, alcohol breathylizer testing (in and out of the clinic premises).
  • • Hazard identification & control
  • • Medicals- Fitness To Work (F.T.W) for specified workers, Pre-employment, Pre-School, Pre- Swimming, Insurance, Travel Health etc.
  • • Food inspection, Food/Water hygiene, Catering Staff checks
  • • Facility Inspection of companies to identify health hazards and control it to a low level as possible.
  • • Checking for fit for purpose PPE
  • • Information, procedural Instruction and Training to avoid occupational related accidents.
  • • In collaboration with the doctor in charge; design various inspection checklists if need be & present to management for approval before implementation.

Health Promotion:-

  • Provide health information to personnel and organisations- Advice on good habits, practices & lifestyles to promote positive health
  • Participation in some of the World Health Days e.g. World Hepatitis Day, Malaria, HIV etc. May occasionally involve only internal dissemination of information to staff.
  • Health Improvement & Maintenance:-

    a) Ensuring that workers remain fit & well while doing the job.

    b) Maintenance of good lifestyle

    • i. Healthier diet including intake of portions of fruits & vegetable per day.
    • ii. Regular exercises to maintain weight, waist circumference & healthy BMI.
    • iii. Avoid smoking
    • iv. Reduce alcohol intake
    • v. Adherence to health management regime if any.

    c) Routine Medical checks

    • i. Regular BP checks
    • ii. Blood Cholesterol & Glucose checks
    • iii. Self Breast Examination (S.B.E), Mammogram, PAP-Smear, PSA especially during World Cancer Days.
    • iv. Health counseling for genotype test, especially to singles (to avoid Sickle Cell Disease)