Occupational Health Nurses (OHNs) are the primary specialists in the provision of Occupational Health services.
primary role of the OHN is to coordinate the delivery of comprehensive,
equitable, quality occupational health services for workers and worker
groups. While specific roles and responsibilities may differ within
organizations, the focus is to support and promote worker and workplace
health and safety.
assist in the prevention, investigation, and treatment
workplace-related illnesses and injuries. In order to prevent workplace
injuries and illnesses, OHNs assess workplaces in an effort to identify
possible hazards and educate employers and employees on how to prevent
incidents and injuries. They may recommend changes in procedures or
develop ways to make workplaces safer. OHNs also ensure that workplaces
meet the standards of the Occupational Health and Safety Act in their
employees that are injured or ill due to workplace hazards is another
important responsibility of an OHN. This may include providing care and
collaborating with other Health Care Providers to support the worker
through the recovery process.
coordinate and provide disability management services for workers with
work-related and non-work related illnesses and injuries with the goal
of returning the worker to preincident abilities.
also perform fitness to work assessments on prospective, new and
current employees to ensure that they are capable of performing the
duties required by their positions and to monitor their health and
safety. This may include physical examinations, vision and hearing
tests, and drug or alcohol screening.
addition, OHNs provide a vital role in worker health promotion. From
development to delivery of wellness programs, OHNs support the general
health and well-being of workers.