Occupational Health FAQs
We recently sat down with Jessica Brown, Manager of Occupational Health & Wellness, and Jodi Grover, CNP, one of our Occupational Health providers, to talk all things workplace health and wellness.
What IS Occupational Health?
When most people think about occupational health, they immediately think occupational therapy—but they’re totally different services! Occupational health is our service line that specifically focuses on all aspects of health, wellness and safety in the workplace—with an emphasis on prevention.
We help employers put safeguards in place for workplace risks utilizing injury prevention, pre-placement testing, annual surveillance programs and injury care.
To explain it in the simplest terms, we help employers make sure their employers are safe and healthy, help them keep their employees healthy, help them support their employees in improving their health and offer care for minor workplace injuries.
What exactly does that mean? What kinds of services do you offer?
We offer a wide range of health exams that are required by some employers, for example:
- Pre-employment Physicals—to make sure an employee is healthy enough to perform a job safely
- Fit for Duty—to make sure an employee is physically able to perform a job safely
- Respiratory—helps to protect an employee’s health at work and ensures workplace compliance
- Bus Driver—medical exam for bus drivers required by ODOT
- DOT Physicals—medical exam for truck drivers to ensure both their and the public’s safety
- Fire Fighter—to make sure fire fighters are physically able and healthy to perform their job safely
We also offer services like drug screenings, respiratory mask fit testing and audiograms, immunizations and employee wellness services. Our wellness services focus on prevention and include specifics like health fairs, wellness education, wellness challenges and more. We can customize a program for any employer.
Our healthcare providers also treat workplace/worker’s compensation injuries. This option allows quick and convenient care for non-emergency injuries, saving employers the high costs of emergency room visit for non-emergency treatment.
Who can use these services?
We can work with any employer to provide any of the services we talked about above. Setting up an account is quick and easy–it can be done in just a few minutes.
Let’s talk more about the health fairs you mentioned.
Research shows that healthy employees are safer and more productive employees. And really it makes sense—when you aren’t feeling well, you aren’t at your best. We work with employers to customize a wellness program to meet their needs. We usually start with a health fair where we draw labs and collect some measurements such as blood pressure, height and weight for each employee. We also have each employee complete a Health Risk Assessment which gives us data about their employees as whole—which helps us coordinate a wellness program that focuses on each workplace’s specific needs.
Why is it important for employers to focus on employee wellness?
Employee wellness is essential for an organization to thrive. It impacts the culture of the workplace as well as its productivity.
You mentioned DOT earlier—can you elaborate?
The Department of Transportation requires truck drivers to have medical clearance at least every two years, depending on the state of their health. Our providers are certified to complete these DOT clearance exams. DOT also requires drug and alcohol screenings for pre-employment, at random and some in other designated circumstances. We are trained to know the DOT requirements to collect for drug and alcohol testing.
Who can use these services?
Any employer that utilizes CDL drivers needs to meet DOT requirements. We work with an assortment of trucking companies, farming operations and construction businesses for example.
To sum it up—what are the three most important things the community should know about Mercer Health Occupational Health and wellness?
- Workplace safety is key and we work with any employer to help ensure safety, prevent injuries and meet OSHA regulations to avoid safety issues and fines.
- Our clinic is the low cost option for minor injury care. Employers can avoid the cost of emergency room visits for non-emergency injuries.
- We have extended hours in our Celina location from 7:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. with walk-in capability for workplace/worker’s compensation injuries. We also have a satellite office at Mercer Health Medical Group at Fort Recovery.
For more information or to set up an account, visit mercer-health.com or contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 419-586-1220.