IMPORTANT! Health monitoring for staff likely to carry out work that involves a health hazard is now a requirement under the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016. Essential duties of a PCBU involve risk identification – including monitoring to enable early notification of exposure; ensuring remedial actions are taken; and facilitating the treatment and protection of workers.
Workplace health monitoring for your most important asset
H&S obligations extend beyond ‘safety’
Many businesses recognise that their staff are their most important asset – but taking care of your people calls for more than just providing a health and safety system, hazard assessment and personal protective equipment. Measuring and ongoing monitoring of critical health measures such as hearing, lung function and HAVs (Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome) can help detect and prevent further harm to your employees health.
Staff wellness and health monitoring – it’s our business!
A NEW service in New Zealand
Using our purpose-built mobile clinic and trained technicians, Peoplecare offers a convenient and affordable on-site health monitoring service which minimises downtime.
(Up until now, this type of service has only been widely available in New Zealand by staff leaving their work premises to visit a health monitoring clinic).
Because we visit your site with our mobile clinic, and consultations per employee are usually less than 20 minutes, there’s minimal productivity impact or disruption to your business.
It’s easy and cost-effective
Peoplecare provides all the equipment and a summary report outlining any recommendations or referrals for further treatment. (All data records are stored securely in line with regulatory requirements). We can also arrange for a call-back day to cover staff who were absent during our first visit, and schedule annual follow-ups.
Consultations start from $50.00 per employee (based on a hearing test only and a minimum of 5 employees per visit).
Hearing tests – in our sound-proof both
All employees who work in a noisy environment must be provided with suitable hearing protection. To monitor its effectiveness or any hearing loss, they should also be provided with a hearing test. We make this easy by providing on-site hearing tests in our purpose-built mobile clinic. After completing a questionnaire, including a full medical history and previous workplace or other noise exposure, we conduct a screening test in our sound-proof booth. This provides an accurate measurement (unlike tests carried out in noisier environments). The results are discussed with the employee, including any referral recommendations.
If your employees have to raise their voices or have difficulty in being heard clearly by someone about 2 metres away or find it difficult to talk to each other you may have a noise problem at your workplace.
The good news is that early detection and monitoring can help to prevent further occupational hearing loss. After our initial visit, we’ll work with you to set up a series of programmed visits which are customized to your employees and workplace.
Lung function tests
To monitor health problems caused by workplace dust or fumes, Peoplecare’s fully-trained technicians conduct on-site spirometry tests for your employees. We’ll collate the data and provide a summary report, with any problems referred on to an Occupational Health Practitioners.
Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVs)
Hand-arm vibration syndrome can cause changes in touch sensitivity, permanent muscle weakness, numbness of fingers, or ‘white finger’ caused by working with vibrating tools.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is also a recognised symptom – but it detected early enough, changes to work practices may prevent mild symptoms from getting worse and eventually becoming a disability.
To check for HAVs, we help your employee to complete a questionnaire, including a full history of medical problems and previous vibration exposure in work or elsewhere.
We’ll then give them practical advice on how to reduce the hazards associated with vibration injury and the signs/symptoms to look out for.
Any employee displaying signs or reporting symptoms which may be related to vibration injury will be referred on to an Occupational Health Practitioner.
What Our Clients Are Saying About Peoplecare
Our company recently engaged Peoplecare to undertake hearing tests for our staff.
We found the Mobile Screen services to be easy, proficient and hassle free. As a busy factory, having the van visit our site was very convenient and didn’t impact us at all.
All the Peoplecare staff we had dealings with were very professional, friendly and obliging to accommodate our staff.
We highly recommend this invaluable service to all companies wishing to look at health screening their staff.