OHS COVID-19 statement
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked to ensure business continuity and that our client’s occupational health needs have still been met in the safest way possible. We keep up-to-date with the ever-changing government advice to provide you with the most up-to-date advice as possible. We are currently providing most services virtually (by telephone or video), however, in certain circumstances we are providing some face-to-face assessments, with a thorough risk assessment and in a COVID-secure way.
COVID-19 Fitness for work and vulnerability assessments
With the easing of government restrictions and lifting of shielding advice, it is understandable that some employees may feel apprehensive about returning to work, especially if they have underlying health conditions, or other significant risk factors. We offer return to work assessments (after illness, testing or isolation), or general assessments on fitness for work in relation to COVID-19 (if the employee has health conditions, risk factors or concerns). Using a COVID-19 risk assessment tool, we will take into account the concerns of the individual, their general health status, and other risk factors. We provide a report that advises on the individual’s vulnerability levels and any additional measures or adjustments to help reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 from work.
Health surveillance during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Health surveillance is a type of screening assessment that helps identify at an early stage if an employee’s health is being adversely affected by their work. It also helps identify individuals who have an underlying health condition that may be made worse by the work they do, so that additional measures can be put in place to keep them safe if necessary.
(HSE) have put out regular statements during the COVID-19 pandemic on safety measures for conducting surveillance balancing the need to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers and practitioners with the current restraints due to the pandemic.
The guidance was last updated on 31st August 2021.
Previous guidance allowed deferral of some medicals subject to a satisfactory remote assessment. However, for any medicals due after 1st September 2021, face-to-face assessments for health surveillance and safety-critical medicals should be subjects to a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and continue to follow the relevant UK government guidance on working safely. If health surveillance or safety critical medicals require spirometry, it should be subject to a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and appropriate controls put in place, including provision of suitable personal protective equipment.
Workplace Covid-19 testing
We can provide COVID-19 PCR testing from a UK wide network of laboratories and offer high quality, competitively priced testing plans for a wide range of sectors ranging from 25-10,000 employees. Testing plans are flexible to your needs and we offer the best rates based on your location, turnaround time, preferred testing schedule and quantity of tests required. Our flexible packages help make PCR testing accessible to every UK business.
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I’ve known Debbie ever since I started my business over eight years ago. Whenever I’ve needed occupational health support, Debbie is right there for me. She has never let me down and everything she has done for me has been of the highest quality. Her professionalism and understanding of the subject is second to none and I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending her services to anyone that needs an occupational health service.
I have worked with Debbie on a number of occasions and she has become my ‘go to’ occupational health advisor. She is both professional and pragmatic, builds a great rapport with employees and employers alike and produces reports in quick time. Quite simply, the best OH advisor I have worked with.
SA Law has enlisted the expert assistance of Debbie Holder for occupational health support over a number of years on behalf of numerous clients. We have always found her to be approachable and helpful in what can often be very difficult circumstances for our clients. Her advice is timely, comprehensive and comes at a very reasonable fee when compared with a number of other occupational health providers. We would have no hesitation in recommending her services to others.
Debbie is our trusted advisor for OH matters and we regularly refer our clients to her. Debbie’s approach means her advice and reporting is always clear and concise and has really helped our clients navigate some tricky situations. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Debbie and Occupational Health Services.
I have used Occupational Health Services for a range of employee health matters. I find the service very responsive, flexible, medically sound and professional taking into consideration both the employees’ and employers’ situation. The reports are detailed to a high standard to allow the business to review possible support and the next steps with the employee and Occupational Health Services will always advise if a further assessment may be needed.
After working with a variety of occupational health providers over the years, I have never worked so closely with a provider who genuinely cares about our colleagues but also about our business. Occupational Health Services Ltd understand our business and spend time to understand our colleagues too. They are always at the end of a phone to give advice, support and give confidence to colleagues working with them for the best outcomes for all.
Debbie has been assisting us with all of our OH needs since 2015 and I can honestly say nothing is too much trouble, quick turnaround if needed, with excellent professional assessments and advice given. Would recommend.
Occupational Health Services Ltd has greatly assisted many of my clients and their staff in assessing health issues and providing helpful guidance on road maps to improved health and attendance.
We have worked with Occupational Health Services Ltd for eight years now and the service Debbie has provided has been excellent. She always responds to us within a few hours and is very accommodating to our needs. We feel really confident that our employees will have a positive experience with Debbie, even at a time when perhaps they are not positive themselves. As an employer with a relatively lean head count, we do not feel compromised or exposed with the advice Debbie provides to employees, and instead, take real benefit about how best to return employees to full health in the workplace. Would highly recommend.