Occupational Health Checks-ups
The manufacturing sector consists of diverse industries producing different products. All manufacturing facilities or factories have machinery & objects that are harmful to individuals if exposed for a longer period of time, hence it is important to screen all workers for occupational health hazards at regular intervals.
Some hazards are common for all industries like Hazardous substances, Dust, Machinery related accidents, trips, and falls, Physically demanding work, Heat and cold, etc.
The best way to avoid any accident to happen is to have preventive & safety processes in place & get an individual's health check done before employment. In many states, it is mandatory to have a Pre employment health check up done before hiring an employee in the manufacturing plant or factory premises and yearly health check thereafter
many states including Maharashtra, it is mandatory to get an employee health check-up done as per the Factories Act, 1948 and the Maharashtra Factories Rules, 1963. As per the factories act, health check-up needs to done by a government-approved certifying surgeon. After inspecting the manufacturing process certifying the surgeon will prescribe tests as per factory act to be performed at factory premises.
PrognoHealth follows the process laid down by DISH – Directorate of Industrial Safety & Health government of Maharashtra. We have a certified surgeon on our panel to issue from 7 as per factories act.
Form 7 issued by the authorized certifying surgeon is the legal documents to be submitted for compliance at the DISH office in the respective districts. Like certifying surgeon in Pune, Certifying surgeon in Mumbai, Certifying surgeon in Satara, certifying surgeon in Nashik, etc.
Common Hazards in Manufacturing Sector/Factory Premise.
Noise - Many facilities have too much noise at work that can result in hearing damage or permanent noise/hearing impairment. In order to protect employees against this.
Test Suggested - Audio sensitivity test/ Audiometry test
Frequency –Yearly for all employees, half-yearly for employees working in noisy environments.
Dust – Dust broadly consists of all types of particles that are easily carried in the air. Many kinds of dust are harmful to health if proper measures are not taken.
Test Suggested – Pulmonary Function Test (PFT), Liver Function tests,
Frequency Hazardous Process – Yearly for all employees, half-yearly for employees working in a heavy dust environment.
Hazardous Process - Skin damage can be caused as a result of cuts or contact with irritating substances.
Test Suggested – For employees working with hazardous substance Lab tests to ascertain levels or skin prick tests, For others Skin examination by Physician.
Frequency Welding – Yearly for all employees, half-yearly for employees exposed to hazardous processes or substances.
Welding - During welding fumes are released. Inhaling these fumes is bad for health. During electric welding, there is a chance of exposure to UV radiation. This can be harmful to eyes and skin.
Test Suggested – PFT, TSH & Eye test.
Frequency Temperature- Yearly for all employees or as suggested by Physicians.
Temperature - Working at high temperatures or with hot products may lead to reduced performance or damage to health.
Test Suggested – Skin Examination along with ECG.
Frequency- Yearly for all employees.
Working with sharp objects- When working with sharp objects, materials and / or tools it might be necessary to protect hands and sometimes wrists and forearms.
Test Suggested – TT injection.
Frequency - Yearly for all employees.
Working at heights- One of the most occurring causes of an occupational accident is a fall from a great height. At a workplace where there is a risk of falling 2,5 meters or more, fall danger most certainly exists. This means a higher risk which could even result in fatalities.
Test Suggested- Blood Sugar levels, Complete Blood Profile, Eye test, Blood Pressure & ECG.
Frequency- Half Yearly.
These are some of the indicative hazards employers need to make sure that all the health & safety processes are in place & followed by all working on-premises along with visitors.
All employers must treat employees' health as a priority & get the health checks done at regular intervals. In the next step, they should identify the risk areas from the health data & map the programs to reduce the risk of diseases in employees with proactive measures.
Should maintain a record of all health reports to access it later to gauge the effectiveness of the program.
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