Occupational Medicine is the branch of clinical medicine active in the field of Occupational Health. It is concerned with keeping people well at work – physically and mentally. This includes advising about workplace safety and the prevention of occupational injuries and disease, assessing fitness for work and helping to rehabilitate those who have suffered injury or sickness back into work. Occupational health services are also used to assist organisations in managing absence situations – both short and long term.
An Occupational physician must have a wide knowledge of clinical medicine and be competent in a number of important areas. Furthermore an occupational physician can operate at a level beyond the individual worker and can consider potential impacts across a workplace population, the holistic work environment and the “health” of the company.
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