Some companies have a good understanding of their Occupational Health requirements and will engage a provider with specific requirements. However, for many companies especially if embarking on an Occupational Health service provision for the first time or changing from a long standing provider will benefit from an occupational health service audit.

The purpose of conducting a health needs assessment is to ascertain the client’s needs and to assist in identifying the type and level of resource and service required to meet those needs. The process will raise issues, highlight gaps in service provision, problem areas and also encourage the engagement employees and management. The process will enable us to provide the business with a menu of options with must have requirements, should have requirements and then the nice to have options that can be part of an occupational Health Service.

What the Assessment will cover

Occupational Health Needs assessment involves us meeting with key personnel to enable us to understand the organisational structure, objectives and culture. This often involves senior management, HR, Health & Safety, Employee Reps and Union Reps where applicable. We try to understand the demographic nature of the work force and obtain an understanding of current absence trends, work related injuries, long term health issues. In addition to this, we ask about general job roles, work processes and look at equipment used and look at any Hazard and Risk considerations. We would look at existing control measures and examine any policies and procedures in place and discuss existing OH provision and records if any.

It is important that we understand at this stage the client’s expectations and long term aspirations for service.

Service Levels

From this needs assessment The Health and Work Consultancy will be able to agree with clients the service level required and will cost the provision based on this needs assessment.

How Long Does the Assessment take

We like to allow for a half day to conduct the assessment and dependant on the size of the organisation and site, some assessments will be quicker than others with a further half day to compile the needs assessment report.  The outcome of the needs review not only provides a platform for designing or realigning occupational health provision to ensure that an organisation is fully compliant with relevant legislation, but also provides expert advice on cost-effective and targeted occupational health service delivery, which incorporates best practice alongside novel initiatives to add value to an organisation and provide a return on investment.

An excellent example of an occupational health needs assessment is available here.

Whether you have 1 employee or 1,000 we can provide a bespoke, cost effective occupational health surveillance service to meet your exact needs. Contact us for more information

If you have any questions about Occupational health needs assessment or any other occupational health services for your business in South Wales or the South of England, don't hesitate to call us on 02920 682028 or Contact us.