The WHS Healthy Worker Pyramid (Part 4) – Turning Obligation Into Value: Health Assessments

Nearly every company has dollars that it spends on “required” occupational health services.  We discussed this in the first post on the WHS Healthy Worker Pyramid SM.  Reactive care is one form of required healthcare with a large cost and small impact.  In many companies, health assessments are similarly inefficient.  Companies require employees to do a mandatory pre-employment physical at time of hire.  This is used to “check the box” that the assessment was completed.  They also require employees to complete respirator fit testing, audiometry testing or other similar OSHA mandates.  Again, each year they “check the box” that the testing was done.  These healthcare dollars are spent every year, and the only value received is a form that gets filed away in a cabinet somewhere.

Injury Trends, Biometrics and Screening

The pre-employment physical and mandatory occupational health screenings can be an incredibly powerful tool.  They can enable employers to learn incredible details about their workplace health conditions.  When combined with workforce-wide biometric assessments, employers can glean invaluable data on their employee health.  Employers can also develop informed, intelligent conclusions about their workplace health exposures and deficits.  This can only happen if these powerful tools are deployed by a skilled vendor, such as Work Health Solutions.  Once the assessments are complete, they have to be analyzed for trend data and opportunities for interventions.

Make Your Occupational Health Dollars Work for you

When our Work Health Solutions team completes workforce health assessments, we do more than “check the box.”  Assessments do not need to be pass/fail.  They can be used to:

  • identify early opportunities for interventions
  • highlight workforce trends that require attention
  • trigger proactive workplace interventions that can save employers money
  • prevent recordable illnesses and injuries
  • reduce overall healthcare costs

Added Value Occupational Health

Required assessments can add value in other ways, too.  You are spending money to conduct a pre-employment physical with a prospective hire.  Why not get the most bang for the buck?  If the employee is working in a role that has a risk of lifting injuries, address that proactively.  Incorporate a quick ‘safe lifting’ tutorial into the physical, delivered by a healthcare professional with specialized training.  Perhaps the employee is to be working at a desk for 40+ hours per week, include a quick ‘desk ergonomics’ tutorial.  Find the risks in your workplace, and mitigate them with a preventative approach.  Take the time that your employees are spending with a healthcare provider, and get more value out of each encounter!

Our team of professionals started in positions just like yours.  We were clients who needed better occupational healthcare services.  So, we look at every service from your perspective and then identify ways to add value to each service.  Contact us today, and find out more about how we can make your occupational healthcare dollars work for you.

Dean Frieders

Dean Frieders

Chief Solutions Officer