Fitness to Work
What is Fitness to Work?
Fitness to work is ones physical and mental ability to complete his/her job task.
What Affects Our Fitness to Work?
Most people think that only work related injuries or illness affect our fitness to work, however non-work related illness or injury can have just as much effect on fitness to work.
For instance if you develop an upper respiratory infection and you go to your personal physician, they will treat your symptoms with medications and rest. Here are some things that you should discuss with your doctor:
- What your job entails
For instance you may be restricted from wearing a respirator with an upper respiratory infection. Over exertion may bring on coughing and/or further worsen your condition
If you are prescribed a medication such as Promethazine with Codeine (cough syrup), it is safety sensitive and will result in a positive drug screen. Ask if there are alternatives that are not safety sensitive, but always report your medications to your supervisor. Supervisors will contact HSE/HR for guidance.
Return to Work/ Doctor's Excuse
A doctor's excuseis needed for work time missed, these should be turned in to your supervisor and again this will be communicated to HSE/HR. Certain Illness and Injuries will require a Fitness for Work Evaluation:
- You cannot climb ladders or stairs with injured knees, feet, ankles etc. this would restrict work and would need an evaluation by an Occupational Doctor.
- Heart or lung issues can cause restrictions as well and would require a Fitness for Work evaluation through an Occupational Doctor before returning to duty.
Doctor's Release to work should be obtained for all treatment by a medical professional.(Work or Non-Work Related).
Your Health and Safety on the job are most important. Going into Hazardous work areas with medications that may alter reaction time, or where physical limitations may diminish your capacity to escape to a safe area, put you at risk. Please don’t forget that you must report all illnesses, injuries, and medications to your Shamrock supervisor. Also insure that Return to work forms are submitted before going out for your next shifts.