Occupational Health Nurse

 Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (OHNP) vacancy in Amanzimtoti at a Hospital.  Must be registered with SANC as an OHNP.
The Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (OHNP) will be responsible for ensuring the health and welfare at work, of all persons who perform work on the employer’s premises, in that workers are not affected by substances, processes or disease precursors encountered in the workplace and may remain active and productive members of the workforce.
Occupational health management
  • Revise the Occupational Health Programme annually with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) team and management
  • Attend Safety, Health, Environment ( SHE) committee meetings as the Occupational Health advisor
  • Maintain accurate, complete, updated and confidential health records for each employee
  • Plan clinic times around employee needs
  • Plan time for workplace visits, risk assessments, audits and consultation with worker
  • Liaise with laundry, housekeeping, catering, technical services manager (TSM), X-rays, laboratories, pharmacy and waste services on Occupational Health issues
  • Ensure legal compliance with company Occupational Health policies, OHS and related Acts
  • Prepare a budget for the facility’s occupational health costs and monitor expenditure.
  • Prepare monthly and annual OH reports and statistics
Follow up on all staff-related injuries on duty (IOD’s), including needle-stick injuries (investigate incident, submit IMS documentation and conduct remedial counselling)
  • Advise line managers on the recognition, evaluation and control of environmental factors or stressors arising in or from the workplace
  • Identify and assess the level of all hazards; risk ranking of hazards according to policy
  • Review worker exposure: concentration of stress agent, duration of exposure, frequency of exposure, individual susceptibility
  • Evaluate current control measures and institute new measures if indicated
  • Co-ordinate supplies of Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE)
  • Store data and retrieve information to assess the long-term effect of exposure to hazards at work Clinical occupational health nursing
  • Conduct health assessment, diagnosis and referral by interviewing employees with minor ailments in order to counsel them or refer them and by following up to ensure recovery and/or arrange temporary adjustments in work processes until full recovery
  • Co-ordinate rehabilitation of workers injured on duty;
  • Recognise chronic disease early and manage these conditions to ensure productivity by screening; early referral; health education and encouragement of compliance with treatment and lifestyle charges
  • Recognise occupational disease early and manage, for example latex allergy, occupational asthmatic.
  • Immunization of employees as indicated
  • Liaison with outside agencies for example TB clinics, FP clinics, GP’s and support groups Medical Surveillance
  • Co-ordinate measures to enable placement of able workers in jobs to which they are suited:
    1. Supply health requirements/ specifications for each category of worker so as to enable the selection of the most suitable person for a position
    2. Establish outstanding/previous IOD issues of new employees
    3. Educate workers on the prevention of acquiring and transmission of communicable diseases
    4. Obtain baseline data on health status in order to evaluate subsequent changes in health
    5. Educate employee about inherent job requirements and how to protect his/her health in each particular job category
    6. Refer problems to appropriate agency when required
    7. Conduct or co-ordinate screening: e.g. vision, audiometry, TB questionnaire, food handlers questionnaire, lung function test (peak flow), back questionnaire, radiation medicals
    8. Generate an Occupational Risk Exposure Profile for each employee or group of employees doing the same job. Ensure that the profile is updated as necessary, at least annually