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Why Hire an OHN?

OHN's bring a number of major business contributions to an organization including:
 

Operational Efficiency

  • Assist new workers to integrate into the workplace

  • Promote worker wellness, fitness-to-work, fit-for-duty, improving worker productivity, reducing expenses & improving profits

  • Provide customized, effective Occupational Health services

  • Monitor the work environment

  • Provide anticipatory guidance and offer counselling to enable avoidance/mitigation of negative work impacts

  • Monitor worker well-being and workplace injury/illness with a view to loss control and prevention

  • Promote the company as a “responsible corporate citizen”

  • Align Occupational Health goals with corporate business strategies & goals

  • Promote integration of employee services

  • Contribute to reduced down-time which leads to increased productivity

  • Reduce expenses and improve profits

  • Help to enhance employee morale


Risk Management (Loss Control)

  • Activities associated with “health-protecting behaviours” such as:

    • Employee-job fit – “fit to work”

    • Employee “fit-for-duty”

    • Illness/injury prevention

  • Mitigation efforts such as:

    • Injury management

    • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

    • Disability management

    • WCB claim appeals support

    • Conducting trend analyses & recommending suitable loss control measures


Operational Support

  • Employee “fitness-to-work”

  • Employee “fit for duty”

  • Workplace safety

  • Medical monitoring - employees “at risk”

  • Risk assessments

  • Risk communication

  • Promotion of worker well-being

  • Human factor/ergonomic assessments & identifying suitable remedial actions

  • Emergency response planning & activities

  • Critical incident stress debriefings post-incident

  • Management of operational strategic OH&S issues


Promotion of Worker Health & Safety 

  • Health promotion

  • Health protection

  • Illness/injury prevention


Injury/Illness Management 

  • Emergency response activities

  • Mitigating illness/injury through timely response & treatment referral

  • Determining employee fitness-to-work

  • Establishing employee “fit-for-duty” status

  • Support a safe & timely recovery


Disability Management

  • Early intervention

  • Managing injury/illness cases

  • Determining fitness-to-work

  • Co-managing insurer responsibilities & actions

  • Coordinating disability management assistance

  • Assisting employees to return to work

  • Vendor managing service provider contracts & activities

  • Evaluating DMP outcomes & return on investment

  • Conducting trend analyses & introduction of suitable loss control measures


Risk Communication

  • Communicating “risk” in an understandable format

  • Offer feasible business alternatives

 

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HOW CAN A SPECIALTY TRAINED / CERTIFIED OHN HELP YOUR BUSINESS?

Occupational Health Nurses know that a healthy workforce means healthy profits. OHNs blend business knowledge with health care expertise to promote a safe & healthy work environment while cost effectively managing the overall health & safety expenditures.  Specially trained and Certified OHNs are positioned to screen for health conditions – an action that can decrease health care dollars for employees and employers -  and have the expertise to address the two top reasons for employee absence...stress and musculoskeletal disorders.

 
The OHNs responsibility is to identify and reduce the risks related to worksite hazards, while promoting employee health and well-being through a robust set of competencies not found with any other health care professional.

  • Workplaces with an OH&S Program and services reduce illness/injury costs by 20-40%  

  • Companies that employ OHNs have 15% fewer workplace injuries

  • OHNs contribute to a 40% reduction in accident costs

  • Companies employing OHNs had an average saving of $100K/year

  • OHNs contribute to a 7% reduction in the frequency of lost time injuries

  • OHNs are associated with fewer complaints, work refusals & critical injury accidents reported to the Minister of Labour

  • Time lost due to work-related incidents declined by 37% in large companies; 28% in mid-sized companies that employed OHNs

  • Worksite cholesterol programs reduce the mortality due to heart disease by 13% and all-cause mortality by 10%

  • Shell Oil (Houston, TX) reported a 10% reduction in total absence days per employee and 20% decrease in extended absences as a result of the nurse-run Disability Management Program.  The direct savings in the first year was $2.3M at a cost of $500K.

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