Employee Wellness

Why you need Workplace Occupational Health Screenings for your Business

Dive into the importance of occ health screenings, explore different types of screenings, and understand the role of third-party screening companies.

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From bustling industrial factories to quiet office spaces and even the solitude of remote work, today's work environments are diverse. Across all these settings, one element remains constant: the need for safety. Enter Occupational Health Screenings, a crucial tool in ensuring that workplaces, regardless of their nature, remain safe and productive.

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Historical Perspective
Different Types of Occupational Health Screenings
The Role of Third-Party Screening Companies

Historical Perspective

Workplace safety in America has roots in the Industrial Revolution, where physical hazards were rampant. Over the years, as industries expanded and offices became commonplace, the concept of safety evolved. Today, in addition to machinery checks and protective gear, comprehensive employee screenings address a broader spectrum of safety concerns, from background verifications to occupational health assessments.

As safety continues its steady march forward it is essential to understand the components of a high-quality injury prevention and employee well-being program. Occupational Health Screenings help form the basis for further action and development of plans to create a better workplace. 

Different Types of Occupational Health Screenings

Pre-Hire Background Screening:

Whether hiring for a factory floor, an office desk, or a remote role, verifying an employee's background is essential. This process offers insights into an individual's history, potentially revealing any red flags.

Social media platforms, like LinkedIn, have added depth to these screenings, giving employers a broader perspective, albeit with the challenge of discerning facts from online personas.

Outside of standard considerations when hiring, such as a good culture fit and references, other pieces are important when conducting an adequate pre-hire screening at this stage. Look for first-hand accounts of previous work and accomplishments when speaking with both the potential employee and their references. Seeking out specifics will enhance the quality of candidates and your confidence in hiring them. 

Risk Reduction Screenings:

Injury reduction screenings are a pivotal component of occupational health programs across all environments. Their primary aim? To ensure that employees are fit to perform their roles, particularly in settings where physical or mental fitness can be crucial. These screenings can not only detect potential health issues early on, but they also play a role in preventive care, ensuring that workers remain at their healthiest and most productive.

The Relevance Across Work Settings:

In industrial environments, workers often handle heavy machinery, where their physical health can directly impact safety. Here, risk reduction screenings might assess muscular strength, endurance, or specific task-related physical abilities. Additionally, risk reduction screenings could include a safety evaluation of the workspace or a comprehensive review of administrative safety practices. 

In office settings, while the risks differ, occupational health remains pertinent. Risk reduction screenings might focus on ergonomics, ensuring that the workstation setup doesn't lead to long-term musculoskeletal problems or repetitive strain injuries. 

Remote workers, on the other hand, might benefit from virtual ergonomic assessments, ensuring that their home office setup is conducive to health and productivity.

Briotix Health's Contribution:  

Ergonomic Solutions: Proper ergonomics can be a game-changer, especially in office and remote work settings. By optimizing workstation design, it's possible to reduce physical strain, thereby minimizing the risk of injuries.

POET (Post-Offer Employment Testing): This service is designed to ensure that potential employees are physically capable of the tasks required for their specific job roles. By evaluating an individual's abilities before they officially start, employers can mitigate the risk of workplace injuries. This not only ensures the safety of the new employee but also contributes to a safer overall work environment.

Industrial Sports Medicine: Rooted in the principles of sports medicine, our approach focuses on preventing and managing musculoskeletal injuries in all work settings. By combining early symptom intervention, ergonomic solutions, and tailored therapeutic techniques, Industrial Sports Medicine aims to reduce musculoskeletal injury risk while keeping the workforce healthy, reducing absenteeism, and promoting overall well-being.


The Role of Third-Party Screening Companies

In the complex tapestry of modern workplaces, ensuring consistent occupational health screenings across varying job roles and environments is no small feat. This is where third-party screening companies step in, acting as a bridge between employers and the myriad of processes involved in comprehensive screenings.

Uniformity Across Diverse Settings: Whether it's a mechanic in a workshop exposed to physical hazards or a developer in a tech firm navigating the challenges of prolonged screen time, each profession comes with its unique set of risks. Expert third-party screening companies ensure that screenings are tailored to these specific risks while maintaining a uniform standard of quality and thoroughness.

Expertise and Knowledge: Third-party screening companies bring to the table a depth of expertise in workplace safety regulations and occupational health best practices. Their knowledge ensures that screenings not only meet industry standards but also stay updated with evolving regulations and guidelines.

Efficiency and Scalability: For businesses, especially those with multiple locations or diverse job roles, managing screenings can be logistically challenging. Outside companies offer scalable solutions, ensuring that whether a company has ten employees or ten thousand, screenings are conducted efficiently and in a timely manner.

Compliance and Record-Keeping: Beyond the actual screening process, third-party screening companies manage the vital task of record-keeping. They ensure that all screenings are documented, results are stored securely, and compliance with legal requirements is maintained. This not only provides employers with peace of mind but can also be invaluable during audits or inspections.

Neutral and Unbiased Operations: One of the significant advantages of using a third-party screening company is the assurance of neutrality. By outsourcing screenings to an external entity, businesses can ensure that the process is unbiased, free from internal influences, and solely focused on ensuring workplace safety.

Staying Updated with Technological Advancements: The world of safety screenings is not static. New technologies and methods are continually emerging. Outside experts, given their specialization, often have the resources and motivation to stay updated with these advancements, ensuring that businesses benefit from the latest in screening technology.

In essence, third-party screening companies act as guardians of workplace safety, ensuring that irrespective of the diversity in job roles or work environments, safety screenings remain consistent, accurate, and compliant.

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Safety is a Bridge

Workplace occupational health screenings bridge the safety needs of various work environments, from the hands-on nature of industrial settings to the digital realms of office and remote work. As we move forward, the integration of screenings across all these landscapes will only become more crucial. Safety, after all, is not industry-specific; it's universal.

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