Prevention of work-related illnesses

Prevention of illnesses

One of the main goals of occupational medicine is to prevent work-related illnesses and occupational diseases. It is also important that the work or the working environment does not aggravate health problems that the employee already had before starting on the position. Occupational disease is a concept that covers only the narrow spectrum of diseases which can be found in the list of occupational diseases. Work-related illnesses cover both occupational diseases as well as other health disorders that are caused by working.
In order to prevent health problems caused by work-related diseases, ie. work environment risk factors, an enterprise-based risk analysis must first be performed. Based on this, an occupational health care plan can be compiled that can be used for preventing illnesses in the future. If a work-related disease has already manifested, occupational health physician is the most competent professional capable of coordinating the treatment of work-related illnesses. Occupational health doctor will refer the patient to the corresponding specialist if the work-related disease requires more specific investigations or treatment. If the disease in question is not related to work or working capacity, referral to the family physician would be the most correct approach. On the other hand, if the treating physician or family physician suspects that the patient has a work-related disease, the employee must be referred to an occupational health physicial in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Occupational health physician has an overview of working conditions and work environment, and also the means to contact the employer. Therefore, the occupational health physician is the only person who has real competence in preventing work-related diseases and organizing treatment. A good occupational health care provider should definitely offer such services. Medihub specialists have just the right competence and experience in preventing and treating work-related diseases. Employee whose illnesses have been prevented has the shortest sick leave. Therefore, decrease in sick days is considered a good indicator of efficient occupational health care.