Occupational health & wellness

As a provider of Occupational Health Services, XtendedCARE has the resources and flexibility to tailor affordable services to meet legislative and your specific needs for management and workforce care, at your location.

Our occupational health services cater for small start-up businesses through medium to large corporations, to provide a healthy and safe working environment for their workforce, as required by Occupational Health and Safety legislation in South Africa.

All too often, it is neither practical nor affordable for start-up , small, and even larger organisations to have dedicated occupational health staff and facilities. In today’s competitive markets, it’s hard enough to focus on the business you know, without diversifying into the specialist area of occupational health that you do not know.

Consequently, many organisations are struggling to meet the minimum requirements of health and safety legislation.

We have developed comprehensive and flexible in-house Healthcare Nursing expertise, advanced Case Management and Telehealth technologies, and are able to offer viable cost-effective occupational healthcare & wellness solutions on or off business premises. Our solutions included personnel health records, compliance, risk assessment, screening, surveillance programs, first aid training, education, therapeutic care including injuries, and compensation fund claims.

Our occupational healthcare nurses perform their duties on or off site as may be applicable, administering evaluations, surveillance, assessments, training sessions, workshops, site clinics, and other appropriate occupational health services.

We ensure that organisations are made aware of changes in legislation, issue applicable notices and advisories for employees and around the workplace.

We work hand in hand with employers, employees and specialists to guide you through the occupational health and safety minefield.

Occupational Health Services

We provide the IT technology, including software and access to our servers to capture and maintain personnel health records. Access to the confidential data is strictly controlled. Information stored can include demographics, medical history, current problems, medications, assessments, workplace injury details and workers compensation claims, and other relevant information.

The data is also used to provide statistics, excluding confidential employee medical information, to corporate management of accidents, injuries, absenteeism, and other pertinent statistics.

Where more than 10 employees are employed at a workplace, the employer needs to appoint a first aider. Shops and offices – one first aider for every 100 employees, other workplaces – one first aider for every 50 employees. This is a compulsory legal appointment and the first aider should be readily available during normal working hours.

Designated employee(s) will be trained and must demonstrate an acceptable level of competence to be Certified as First Aider(s). Training may also incorporate additional first aid procedures specific the industry or workplace practice the Certified as First Aider(s) work.

The Certified as First Aider(s) will also be trained to use our electronic equipment and technologies designed to assess, document, record and report accidents and injuries however minor or serious they may be. This data may be used by management to prevent further accidents and injuries, and for the management of workers compensation claims where applicable.

Our accredited partners can carry out the Occupational Safety survey, which involves risk analysis, risk assessment and risk control practices.

Risk analysis – Identification of hazards present in the workplace and work environment, hazards discovered in any previous risk management; potential consequences of the recognized hazards – risks, i.e. the potential causes of injury to workers, a work accident, an occupational disease, or a work related disease.

Risk assessment – The evaluation of the risks arising from a hazard, taking into account the adequacy of any existing controls and deciding whether or not the risks is acceptable. Risk assessment involves evaluating, ranking, and classifying risks.

Risk control – The stage where the actions to identify and implement safety measures to control risks are performed having in mind the protection of workers’ health and safety, as well as their monitoring over time.

  • Prevention measures
  • Protection measures
  • Mitigation measures

Health Risk integration – A medical surveillance programme will then be developed and implemented based upon identified risks – these could include physical, biological, chemical, psychosocial and ergonomical risks.

These are carried out to determine the employee’s health status in terms of their job specifications.

Pre-employment examinations determine correct placement of workers according to their physical and mental compatibility.

Exit examinations record the health status of employees on termination of service in order to prevent subsequent litigation. This includes a full assessment based on medical history.

Fitness tests determine an employee’s suitability for their specified job. Emphasis is placed on chronic diseases which could include Psychiatric, Hypertension, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Asthma, and Ante-natal.

A medical surveillance programme continuously monitors the health of workers exposed to identified risks in the workplace. Special medical screenings are undertaken as required. Tests can include, blood, urine, lung function and hearing tests.

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