Occupational medicine focuses on the interaction between health and work; specifically the impact that work or the work environment has on health and how an individual’s health status may affect their ability to do their job. Its aim is to protect health and to promote physical and psychological well-being.
The primary role of the Occupational Health Department (OHD) is to protect staff of Tallaght Hospital from possible adverse effects of work by identifying hazards and controlling risks. The OHD also provides a confidential medical service for work-related health problems and an independent advisory role on the medical aspects of ‘fitness for work’ issues. Staff members may self-refer for assessment or be referred by a supervisor / HR.
Specific services include:
- Assessment and advice regarding occupational hazards and risks
- Review and management of occupationally acquired illness / injuries
- Advice on vocational rehabilitation and workplace accommodation (where indicated)
- Occupational health education
- Occupational immunisation / vaccination programmes
- Advice and follow-up following exposure to infectious diseases
- Vision Screening and work station assessments
- Health surveillance / periodic assessments
- Advice on fitness for work issues
- Promotion of a healthy work environment
- Co-ordination of the employee assistance programme for staff which provides 24/7 confidential support, including counselling, information and guidance.