Small Plants and Their Medical Problems - The Furniture Industry. Small Plant Medical and Nursing Services.
NIOSH 1980 Jun:90-92
Experience with health plans in companies without a full time physician on duty was reported. A plan for contacting the employees who returned to work after illness was made and taken to the personnel management for approval. The main concern was for cardiacs. Many complaints were justified and legitimate, while some were attempts to get off an unpleasant job. Plant personnel expected from the physician an objective evaluation. Pre employment examinations were performed to determine applicant's capabilities to do the expected job in the specific plant environment. The information was given to the employer who had to make the decision. The physician was to evaluate whether or not a disabled worker was unable to work or should return to work. The author took the attitude that pregnancy did not qualify for disability benefits unless there were complications. A major part of the program was to determine whether or not an injury came under the Workers' Compensation Law. The problems had to be evaluated fairly and objectively. Good rapport with the unions could be maintained when everything was done to protect the health and welfare of the employee's job. All reports were reviewed with the employees. The physician's responsibility was to call attention to hazardous conditions, chemical exposures, and to recommend periodic evaluation, however, to implement the programs was employer's responsibility.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-79-0009; Factory-workers; Health-hazards; Occupational-health-programs; Health-protection; Health-care-personnel; Job-stress; Back-injuries; Disabled-workers;
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1979, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 80-139