As a busy organisation, you need to focus on your day-to-day activities. As an employer, you need to trust in an experienced Occupational Health service provider.

Cognate Health work with clients nationwide and side-by-side to deliver an integrated occupational health solution.

Traditional occupational health services like

  • – health surveillance
  • – exit medicals
  • – fitness-for-work assessments after accident or illness
  • – vaccination programs

Health screening services focusing on

  • – height
  • – weight
  • – BMI
  • – waist circumference
  • – blood pressure
  • – lipid profile
  • – HBA1C _ diabetic screening

Wellness programs based on health promotion activities including

  • – smoking cessation
  • – diet
  • – exercise

Cognate Health specialises in providing integrated occupational health solutions to organisations across multiple sectors throughout Ireland. Whatever the project, we’re focused on getting the right solution for you and your organisation.

The Employee Journey

At Cognate Health, we understand that accidents, illnesses, and sick days directly affect business efficiency, morale and profit. Maintaining healthy employees translates into a more productive workforce. We work with our clients to develop an integrated occupational wellness, health and safety strategy that best suits their workplace needs.

Pre Placement Health Assessments

01

A PPHA is a review of the employee’s fitness for a designated role. These can be tailored to our clients needs for example:

Online Pre-Placement Health Assessment

Nurse based Pre-Placement Health Assessment

OHP Pre-Placement Health Assessment

Enhanced OHP Pre-Placement Health Assessment

Management Referrals

02

Including assessment of the following:

Fitness to return to duty following sickness absence

Short-term sickness absence

Long-term sickness absence

Review of health issues disclosed by the employee

Health related performance issue

Possible work related health problem

Alleged accident / injury at work

Suspected substance abuse

Ill-health retirement assessment

Critical illness protocol

Management Referrals

02

Including assessment of the following:

Fitness to return to duty following sickness absence

Short-term sickness absence

Long-term sickness absence

Review of health issues disclosed by the employee

Health related performance issue

Possible work related health problem

Alleged accident / injury at work

Suspected substance abuse

Ill-health retirement assessment

Critical illness protocol

Specific Fitness Assessments & Disability Evaluation

04

These include:
Impairment Evaluation

Confined Space Entry Medicals

Working at Heights Medicals

Fork Truck Driving Medicals

Emergency Response Team Membership Medicals

Seafarer and Offshore Medicals

Class 2 Vehicle Driver Medicals

Critical Illness Protocol Assessments

Ill Health Retirement Assessments

Respirator Clearance

Health Surveillance

03

The specific health surveillance required will vary depending on the job and the risks involved and will be determined by the risk assessment and agreed by the client. Based on the risk assessment, this may include the following:

Audiometry (hearing test)

Spirometry (lung function test)

Keystone visual acuity (eye test)

Biological Monitoring ( blood and urine tests)

Provision of Onsite OHP & OHN Services

06

This is a service provided for companies who wish to outsource their Occupational Health staff.

Vaccational Programs

05

The nature of the vaccines needed will depend on the job and the risks involved. The specific vaccine requirements will be agreed with the client. We offer the following:

– Seasonal Influenza
– Occupational Vaccinations
– Travel Vaccinations

Specific Fitness Assessments & Disability Evaluation

04

These include:
Impairment Evaluation

Confined Space Entry Medicals

Working at Heights Medicals

Fork Truck Driving Medicals

Emergency Response Team Membership Medicals

Seafarer and Offshore Medicals

Class 2 Vehicle Driver Medicals

Critical Illness Protocol Assessments

Ill Health Retirement Assessments

Respirator Clearance

Provision of Onsite OHP & OHN Services

06

This is a service provided for companies who wish to outsource their Occupational Health staff.

Exit Medicals

09

When you and an employee part ways, it’s good to know that they are leaving with a clean bill of health to limit your future risk and ensure liability resides with the right party.

Depending on your needs, post-employment medical exams can include audiometric tests for noise exposure, back assessments, lung function tests, ECGs, screening for metals and exposure to hazardous substances, such as lead, asbestos and pesticides, and drug screening.

Management Referrals

02

Including assessment of the following:

Fitness to return to duty following sickness absence

Short-term sickness absence

Long-term sickness absence

Review of health issues disclosed by the employee

Health related performance issue

Possible work related health problem

Alleged accident / injury at work

Suspected substance abuse

Ill-health retirement assessment

Critical illness protocol

Specific Fitness Assessments & Disability Evaluation

04

These include:
Impairment Evaluation

Confined Space Entry Medicals

Working at Heights Medicals

Fork Truck Driving Medicals

Emergency Response Team Membership Medicals

Seafarer and Offshore Medicals

Class 2 Vehicle Driver Medicals

Critical Illness Protocol Assessments

Ill Health Retirement Assessments

Respirator Clearance

Case Management

07

Sickness absence costs can be reduced by proactive sickness absence management. We facilitate early referral to our network occupational health physicians and provide specific recommendations regarding the employee’s fitness for duty which will include recommendations on modified duties when appropriate.

Health Promotion & Wellness

08

An employee is a company’s greatest asset. So how can employees stay healthy? The answer is with health & wellness programs. Working with our strategic partners Laya Healthcare we offer a customized package of programs to help employees recognize and overcome health habits.

Stress Management Classes

Critical Incident debriefing

Smoking Cessation Classes

Back Care program

Cancer Screenings

Heart Attack Prevention Program

Health Risk Appraisal

General Health Program

Customized Fitness & Nutritional programs

Integrated Approach to Health, Safety & Wellness

The integrated approach to Wellness, Health & Safety aims to strategically combine workplace health and safety prevention measures with other health promoting activities – resulting in an improvement in the health status and wellness of workers in the workplace.

Companies that adopt and integrate such occupational health measures will improve a worker’s health status, whether these are work-related or not, improves the wellbeing of their employees, the company itself and the surrounding community.

Integrated approaches to workplace occupational health have demonstrated success in a variety of ways, including:

  •  – Improving healthy behaviours such as smoking cessation, better nutrition, and increased physical activity
  •  – Increasing employee participation in occupational safety and health and health promotion programs.

BENEFITS OF AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLNESS:

  1.  – The effects and efficiencies that an integrated approach brings can result in significant long-term savings for the organisation
  2.  – Risk factors in the workplace such as stress and shiftwork contribute to workers overall health status
  3.  – A worker’s overall health status will impact on their productivity, performance and attendance
  4.  – The company is seen as an employer of choice, attracting strong candidates
  5.  – Workers enjoy their jobs, are happier and more productive, and stay with the organisation for longer periods
  6. The work environment is less stressful and safer for all workers

DID YOU KNOW?

  1.  – Studies show integrated occupational health protection/health promotion programs can be more effective than health promotion programs alone.
  2.  – Evidence shows that integrated occupational health programs have greater employee participation in both occupational health and safety prevention programs and health promotion programs than those that focus only on one in a non-integrated way.
  3.  – Most modern workplace occupational health and safety promotion programs function independently of each other in separate silos, but there is accumulating evidence that integrating the programs leads to healthier, safer and more productive workers and workplaces.
  4. – A number of major multinational organisations have successfully implemented integrated health protection and health promotion programs.

An integrated approach to health and safety in the workplace requires a pivoting of traditional approaches. Most importantly it requires the realisation that all of these programs have the same shared objective-a healthy, productive worker and workforce. To start on this journey it is essential that those responsible for occupational health and safety promotion coordinate their efforts strategically.

Cognate Health has developed a work site health, safety and wellness audit tool that allows you to judge how advanced you are along the path toward an integrated occupational health and safety approach.