Virginia Orthopaedic Direct, the area’s first and only orthopaedic urgent care facility, also offers Occupational Medical Services. These services are designed with the employer/employee relationship in mind, and are a resource that an employer can take advantage of to help provide a safe work environment.
As an employer, you may already know how an employee’s lost time from an injury can affect the company’s bottom line, especially if that injury happens at the workplace. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website, over 4.1 million employees suffer a job-related injury or illness each year and that more than 12 workers die on the job every day. That is over 4,500 employees killed each year. You know the statistics and have set up safety guidelines to avoid workplace injuries, but what can you do to help protect your employees? Is there a way to proactively prevent many of these incidents? There may now be. Occu-med services have been around for years, but are growing in popularity due to the many services they offer.
Is an Occu-Med Right For Your Company?
Occupational medicine, or Occu-med, providers can help to create a safer and healthier work environment for your employees. They can customize a testing program to protect employee’s health depending on the work hazards specific to your location. Hearing and vision testing can flag potential problems early so that measures may be taken to avoid further injury. Asbestos, lead, mercury, and other chemical testing can be done routinely for those in industrial settings. As testing is done onsite, there is no need to send employees to other facilities, providing great savings of both time and money.
Many Occu-med companies also offer pre-employment testing, providing a valuable tool to screen potential employees. This testing can help provide insight into whether the potential employee is physically able to perform the tasks they are being hired to do. Armed with this information prior to hiring, you now have the foresight of knowing whether you are bringing in someone who may add value to your company or a potential liability to themselves and others around them.
As an employer, it is your responsibility to maintain a safe work environment for your employees. Occu-med services will work hand in hand with you and your company to create a program catered around your needs to lower worker absences, raise productivity, and help provide the safe environment you strive to provide to ensure each employee leaves safely every day.
For more information about our occupational medical services, please contact Virginia Orthopaedic Direct at (540) 404-4251. . Our walk in Urgent Care Clinic is available to provide your employees with efficient and occupational directed care.