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Overview

Life Occupational Health is the country’s leading provider of contracted, on-site occupational and primary healthcare services to employer groups in commerce, industry, mining, parastatals and to government correctional services. We manage 289 customer owned clinics and provide healthcare services ranging from primary and occupational healthcare, to emergency medical services and hospitalisation, for 155 000 employees.

Life Occupational Health was the first occupational healthcare business in South Africa to have achieved ISO 9002 certification.

We specialise in the development, implementation and delivery of comprehensive occupational health strategies for clients. This service facilitates employer compliance with occupational health legislation and administrative requirements. It includes aspects such as occupational risk assessment, risk based medical surveillance, biological monitoring, the management of injuries on duty, absence management support, basic primary healthcare, and chronic disease management support. A flexible approach enables the structuring of tailor-made packages to suit the individual needs of employers.

Through our Life Solutions operation, we also offer a range of vitamin supplements to promote general wellness.

Life Occupational Health serves clients in eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, namely Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North West and the Free State.

Why outsource occupational health?

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to assess their responsibility for the health and well-being of their workforce. Other special requirements included in legislation such as the Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Substances (Reg. 1179 of 28 August 1995), the Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996, have placed the responsibility on employers to provide appropriate occupational health services to their employees.

Occupational health is becoming an increasingly complex field. In a dynamic environment where requirements for occupational health and safety at work are continually evolving, the need for specialist knowledge and understanding of policy, compliance requirements and strategy for effective implementation becomes critical.

Benefits of contracting with Life Occupational Health

Our professionally rendered on-site service offers the following benefits:

  • Formalises company health policies and programmes.
  • Assists the company in complying with all relevant legislation.
  • Ensures professional pre-placement medical examinations of potential employees.
  • Ensures the correct placement of new employees in relation to their physical capabilities.
  • Minimises hazards and risks.
  • Reduces man-hours lost due to job-related illness or injury.
  • Increases productivity by keeping healthy workers healthy.
  • Interacts with, and enhances the company's safety programme.
  • Ensures compliance with regulations, reduced risks of non-compliance and ongoing monitoring of regulatory change.
  • Addresses and manages needs in a properly planned, professional and efficient manner.
  • Assists with problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Benchmarks vs. industry best practice, and comparisons and trends.
  • Enhances health awareness across the workforce.
  • Reduces medical and legal claims.
  • Enables companies to focus on their core business.
  • Reduces:
    • the cost of implementing a compliant service; and
    • costs due to job related injury/illness.
  • Increases productivity.
  • Enhances company safety programmes.

Our occupational health services

Our contracted services are flexible in order to accommodate individual company or industry needs. Services are delivered either through managed on-site clinics and infrastructure, from mobile on-site units, or at our own premises in industrial and commercial locations. Our high quality service is provided at an all-inclusive fixed monthly fee for on-site clinics and a negotiated fee-for-service structure for mobile and off-site services. Service components include the following:

  • Pre-employment medical examinations, enabling the correct placement of workers according to their physical and mental compatibility to job specifications.
  • Exit medical examinations recording the health status of workers on termination of service to prevent later litigation.
  • Employee health assessment and ongoing management including:
    • health policy development;
    • a medical surveillance programme and periodic medical examinations to monitor the health status of workers exposed to identified health hazards in the workplace;
    • all medical surveillance examinations laid down by occupational health legislation;
    • other medical examinations required by individual companies, or required by law for specific industries;
    • medical examinations and monitoring of employees conducted by registered specialist personnel (either on-site or off-site in our clinics); and
    • delivery of on-site primary healthcare services.
  • Compliance to all legislative and administrative requirements including industry specific compliance (such as mining healthcare services to meet the specific needs of the mining industry).
  • Laboratory testing of exposed employees according to the requirements of the Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Substances (Reg. 1179 of 28 August 1995) and other relevant legislation.
  • Ergonomic surveillance (environmental improvement), including:
    • monitoring, support, training and education;
    • regular walk-throughs at the workplace by an occupational health consultant to monitor and identify health risks;
    • biological monitoring; and
    • checklists, surveys and recommendations for a diverse range of work-related muscular and back problems.
  • First aid training as required by legislation.
  • Professional occupational medical consultancy.
  • Interaction and enhancements with company safety programmes.
  • Management reports (for planning, problem solving and decision making), including:
    • absenteeism trends;
    • monthly statistical analysis; and
    • incident reviews, trend analysis, definition of objectives and targets.
  • Quality assurance and best practice programmes and procedures.
  • Administration of cases involving the Compensation of Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act.

Geographic spread of regional offices

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