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OHNs Save You Money

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.

Competencies of a Certified Occupational Health Nurse* in Comparison to Other Health & Safety Professionals
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* Depending on the worksite and practices, not all competencies are required. 

OHNs managing the health & medical aspects, and coordinating OH&S is a sound business strategy for any organization
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