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What is an Occupational Health Assessment?

An Occupational Health Assessment (also known as a Management Referral) is a consultation carried out by our qualified Occupational Health Professionals. The occupational health assessment is used to advise management on an employee’s health issues in relation to their work and to make recommendations on reasonable adjustments that could be considered to ensure a safe/healthy working environment for that employee. All occupational health assessments are confidential.

When is an Occupational Health Assessment Needed?

Here are some examples of when an occupational health assessment is required:

  • An individual should be referred for an assessment where there is concern that they may have work-related health problems or that their health is being aggravated by work tasks
  • There are difficulties coping on return after being absent – following a serious illness or injury or due to a disability
  • There may be underlying ill health or disability contributing to performance issues
  • There is long term or frequent sickness absence

If you are unsure whether a referral is appropriate, please contact us for further advice. In addition, the referral may be discussed with or initiated by your Human Resource (HR) advisers.

What Happens after the Occupational Health Assessment?

A confidential report will be written and with the employee’s signed consent the report will be sent to them and you (their employer). Each report is tailored to the employee and their individual situation. The report will include advice on any medical conditions and the effect on work, symptoms, prognosis and likelihood of recovery, what adjustments could/should be considered, and over a suggested time frame.

Where can Occupational Health Assessments be Carried Out?

These can be at your workplace or our offices in Wootton Bassett, and in some circumstances the employee’s home.

FAQ – Is a Management Referral Different to an Occupational Health Assessment?

There is no difference, in that they are interchangeable terms; but the purpose and outcomes might lead people to think of them as different services. We discuss the details and the differences in a post published by one of the Safewell Occupational Health Team here What is a Management Referral.

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Glenn Lawton
December 23, 2021

White Stuff Ltd

Safewell has been working alongside us for several years now and I have had the pleasure of working with them for the past few years. They are always professional with their approach and always on hand if we require any ad-hoc advice to support our health and safety needs. I cannot recommend them enough and would definitely suggest to anyone looking for advice or services in regards to anything health and safety related to contact Safewell.

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