Give Us A Call

Send Us An Email

Occupational medicine plays a vital role in the overall well-being of workers and the efficiency of workplaces by ensuring that workers are fit for their work and by addressing injuries that workers experience on the job. At Northwest Specialty Hospital’s Northwest Occupational Medicine clinic, we take pride in offering comprehensive occupational medicine services aimed at promoting health, ensuring safety, and optimizing the performance of employees who work at local businesses.


What is Occupational Medicine?

Occupational medicine is a specialized branch of medicine focusing on workers’ health, safety, and performance. Occupational health specialists often collaborate with businesses, employees, regulators, insurers, and public health professionals to create and maintain safer workplaces. Beyond treating work-related injuries and illnesses, occupational medicine specialists frequently actively engage in helping businesses adopt preventive measures to foster a healthier workforce, including offering drug screenings and other tests.


Benefits of Occupational Health Programs For Business

As a general rule, investing in an occupational health program can significantly impact a company’s bottom line because healthy workers are more productive and because no company wants its workers to get injured or sick from job or work conditions. 

Comprehensive occupational health programs can encompass a range of measures, including health risk assessments, nutrition coaching, fitness programs, weight loss coaching, health coaching, classes, and workshops. By fostering employee well-being, businesses can reduce direct and indirect costs associated with work-related injuries, ultimately enhancing productivity. An occupational medicine clinic, such as the Occupational Medicine clinic at Northwest Specialty Hospital, can be part of this overall program.


Fit-for-Duty Testing

One component of occupational medicine is to offer “fit-for-duty” testing for jobs that have high physical demands. This type of assessment is conducted pre-employment to ensure that job applicants are physically able to carry out their duties in the workplace. Custom-designed tests can evaluate specific job functions and identify pre-existing injuries or health conditions that could impact the ability of an individual to perform a particular job. The purpose of fit-for-duty testing is to ensure a safer and more productive work environment and safeguard the individual worker’s health. Employing fit-for-duty testing helps businesses prevent injuries and promote a workforce capable of meeting job demands.

Identifying Occupational Health Challenges

Occupational health encompasses a range of challenges when it comes to workplace injuries. For specific physical jobs, such as factory work, there are risks of musculoskeletal injuries caused by trauma or repetitive motions and hazards like cuts, lacerations, and hearing loss from machine use. Specific industries, such as construction and hospitality, present other unique risks. Workers in healthcare face exposure to infectious diseases, while those in various industrial sectors may encounter toxic substances leading to occupational lung diseases.

Some risks are linked to occupational exposures. Carcinogens like arsenic, asbestos, and radon can be found in some workplaces, emphasizing the importance of proper training and protective measures. Stress-related issues, including anxiety and depression, are prevalent in high-intensity jobs, necessitating mental health support.


Why Seek Occupational Medicine Services?

When injuries occur on the job, businesses need to work with an occupational medicine specialist, as these clinics are equipped to manage the injury and all of the regulatory requirements of addressing workplace injuries. Occupational medicine clinics can streamline the process, ensuring that workers get the treatment they need and that businesses shoulder their obligations to keep workers safe.

Occupational medicine physicians are experts in preventing, diagnosing, and treating work-related injuries and illnesses. At NWSH, we are committed to ensuring the health, safety, and productivity of workers in the North Idaho area. By addressing injuries, promoting preventive measures, and providing comprehensive care, we contribute to creating healthier and safer workplaces. If you need support or healthcare services for occupational injuries in your workplace, contact Northwest Occupational Medicine today.

Skip to content