Forthe past two years, Peugeot Citroën has encouraged the 3,000 staff at its Rytonplant to see the OH department rather than their GP, and some 70 per cent havedone so.Inthat time, there have been no adverse medical outcomes, said Dr Kneale, andbecoming involved in the pilots was the logical next step. “If you have goodprotocols and procedures, then the nursing staff will generally feel confidentabout it,” she explained.Oncean employee has been seen by the OH department, a ‘fitness to work’ report isprepared for the line manager, although Dr Kneale stresses there is still aduty of confidentiality to the employee. Ifdeemed fit, a return date is set and, if the employee does not then return, itbecomes an attendance rather than an absence matter, with the prospect ofbecoming a disciplinary issue.TheGP still retains ultimate medical responsibility so if, after seeing the OHdepartment, it’s clear that medical intervention is required, the employeetransfers into the usual medical channels. Aswell as five OH nurses and a doctor, the plant has access to a physiotherapist and psychotherapist, meaning there is also the option to referpeople on to them.–To subscribe to Personnel Today’s sister publication Occupational Health magazine call 01444 445566. Peugeot driving the use of OHOn 27 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.