Medgate Occupational Health expert Sue Naylor has released an article about the role of occupational health teams in promoting employee wellness.
being a hot topic at many of today's organizations, occupational health professionals may be left wondering what role they can play to support a healthy workforce. Sue shines a light on the subject by evaluating how traditional medical surveillance in the occupational health setting can be expanded to include health surveillance for non-occupational exposures. She argues that this expansion allows occupational health practitioners to have a more complete view of an employee's health, which in turn allows for more effective health management.
As Sue explains, incorporating health surveillance into your occupational health practices doesn't have to be a daunting or complicated proposition. Instead of reinventing the wheel, she suggests that organizations explore their existing surveillance processes and tools as these can often be leveraged for non-occupational health surveillance.
Monitoring / tracking of various health factors can be incorporated into your program. Sue categorizes the factors under three umbrellas - medical screening, management of chronic disease, and medical management - and in her paper, she identifies key factors to track for each.
To round up her insights, Sue provides key concepts that will help organizations get health surveillance programs off the ground and discusses what tools can be leveraged to support those efforts.
It's a quick and worthwhile read for anyone involved in managing and executing occupational health programs. #occupationalhealth