The Importance of Occupational Health.

Since Luzdoc came into being, more than 30 years ago, we have provided our clients with a personalised medical service of quality. In this context our Occupational Health services answer the needs and specificity of the business sector.

Regardless of the obligatory nature of occupational health which our laws impose, the benefits of investing in this area reflexes in the quality of work and health of the workforce.
Many times however these benefits of occupational health are ignored by companies.

Occupational Medicine

What importance does an Occupational Health programme have?
Jointly, with the Health and Safety at Work services, an occupational and work environment risk assessment results in a minimisation of potential situations that could cause employee health problems. Improvement in the quality of the work place environment results in increased productivity, higher levels of health, comfort, safety and performance in the work force, areas which can cause employee absenteeism.
This also allows for a reduction in compensation pay-outs as a result of accidents, amounts payable for non-complied legal obligations as well as a reduction in insurance payments regarding employees.

As such, with regard to both employer and employee, there are only advantages to investing in a programme of Occupational Health.
In Portugal, the law that regulates the organisation and functioning of these services permits the contracting of specialised external companies, certified by the General Health Directorate. The correct management of these services became a key factor in increasing company productivity.

It is obligatory, in Portuguese law, that Occupational Health consultations are included in the following categories, transcribed from the 3/2014 law decree of the 28th of January:

• Admission exams, before commencing work or, if there is a justified reason for urgency of admission, within the first 15 days.
• Periodic exams, annually for the underage or employees of more than 50 years of age, and every two years for the rest of the work force.
• Occasional exams, whenever there are substantial alterations of the working materials and equipment used that could have negative repercussions on employee health, as well as in the case of a return to work after an absence of more than 30 days due to illness or accident.

Other services of diagnostic and preventative medicine can be associated with this occupational medicine service as well as vaccination programmes, check-up packages, nutritional consultations and other complementary services.

Luzdoc provides “medical services tailor made to your company” with a specialised team at your disposal promoting prevention and vigilance regarding the health of the work force.

Rui Fuzeta
Marketing Director

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