Companies have a duty to care for their employees. It is important that prospective employees’ pre-existing medical conditions are not worsened by the demands of their job. Equally, the company and other employees, could be put at financial and personal risk by unknown medical conditions of new employees.
Pre-employment screening, provides documented evidence of an employee’s health when joining a company and may prove useful if ill-health compensation claims arise in the future.
Lifestyle Health Assessment.
Many serious medical conditions can be identified at an early stage through health screening. Treatment for such conditions benefits employees and the company and screening can reveal health risk factors in employees’ lifestyles which, have the potential to create health problems later in life. A positive approach to employee wellbeing tells employees that their company cares about their health and contributes to a well-motivated team.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Screening.
Alcohol and increasingly recreational drug abuse can cause major safety concerns to many organisations. Estimates show that around 1 in 10 employees in most companies are affected by an alcohol or drug problem and specific screening is available to address these issues. Alcohol and drugs cause impaired work performance which has a direct affect on a company’s bottom line. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures show that more than 150,000 employees are involved in workplace accidents each year, many of them suffering serious injury. The number of employees claiming compensation for work-related injuries has increased significantly.
Occupational Health Services.
Company Directors have a legal responsibility for the health and safety of their employees. Increasing legislation means it is vital for companies to operate an effective Occupational Health programme. In addition to ensuring compliance with regulations and directives, programmes can pay considerable dividends in terms of company productivity and employee morale.