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Occupational health – periodic medicals

A cautionary tale about why periodic medicals should not be optional.

In our last insert, we explained the importance of pre-employment medicals. This month, we focus on why periodic medicals are just as important.

Homer, Homer, Homer, what has become of you …

If Homer had a periodic medical, you would have known he’s no longer fit to … well, to do anything really.

Especially driving your big old truck

So, why should employees get periodic medicals?

When Homer started working for you, he was young, fit, and strong. But when Homer started frequenting Moe’s and drinking too much beer – well, we all know what happened.

In Homer’s case, being overweight may trigger chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea. Such diseases – or, in fact, any changes in an individual’s health – can only be identified by conducting a periodic medical.

Drivers suffering from such diseases should be classified as temporarily unfit (for driving) until their conditions are controlled. If not, their health condition may result in a nasty accident.

The bottom line is that the cost of a periodic medical (and Homer booked off work for a few hours once every two years) could save you both a lot of pain.

And that’s it, really. Periodic medicals protect you. And old Homer…