If you’re still sending your employees off-site for medical testing, it might be time to take another look at the different options available. Namely, opting for onsite testing.
In addition to causing a loss of productivity, off-site testing can leave you open to additional risk.
Onsite testing makes it easier than ever for you to manage their job sites, the health and safety of your employees, and keep an eye out for your bottom line.
Eliminate liability for off-site injuries
When you choose to send your workers off-site for testing, they are still technically “at work,” so any incidents such as car accidents that occur during this time could result in insurance and/or workers’ compensation claims.
The COVID-19 pandemic adds another layer of potential liability, as employers may be sending their workers off to health facilities where cases are more prevalent.
In general, employees will be eligible for worker’s compensation if they get sick or injured during a work-related incident or activity, even if it occurs away from the jobsite. This can be confusing for courts to discern, so they typically look to see whether the medical issue was caused by the employment.
Employers may be liable for any incidents that occur:
- While traveling if the employee is a traveling salesperson with no fixed job site, or the employer provides the employee’s transportation through a company car or by reimbursing the employee for travel expenses;
- During a company-sponsored event, such as a Christmas party, as long as it is company-sponsored and not just employees getting together on their own;
- During a company-sponsored recreational activity, such as a company fitness program to increase employee health or a team-building event for the office;
- During a recreational activity to entertain potential clients.
Boost productivity & ease of testing
Getting tested off-site is inconvenient for both employees and employers.
It can take hours, or even entire workdays, for workers to get tested and wait for their results. In rural areas, employers could be responsible for paying travel expenses to get their workers to the nearest clinic.
This creates just another barrier for getting testing done efficiently, effectively, and routinely. Worksite testing is an important part of worker safety and health, and those essentials should not be compromised.
Get comprehensive mobile medical surveillance
Nowadays, there’s no need to go miles out of your way to stay in compliance with testing. The clinic, medical professionals, and equipment can all come to you.
Companies such as Worksite Medical make it possible with a fleet of mobile medical units staffed with licensed physicians. By bringing the clinic to the worksite, employers can get total visibility along with savings on additional costs and added risks — and employees don’t have to go out of their way to different locations. They’ll get the same quality of testing without even leaving work, and can return to work moments after completing their test. No long waits at a clinic needed.
Employers can make mobile testing a cornerstone of their medical surveillance program. Most jobsites require more than the occasional one-off testing and need a variety of tests beyond the standard offerings of a health clinic — including audio exams, OSHA physicals, and respirator fit tests. Worksite Medical can do it all on your time and your location. So you can keep your workers safe and healthy and stay in compliance with OSHA.
More About Worksite Medical
In most cases, OSHA requires medical surveillance testing, and at no cost to employees.
Worksite Medical makes that program easier with mobile medical testing.
We conduct on-site respirator fit tests, as well as audiometric exams, pulmonary function tests and heavy metal lab work, right on your job site. We also keep accurate, easy-to-access medical records for your convenience. You’ll keep your employees at work, and stay ahead of OSHA inspections.
With Worksite Medical, a mobile medical testing unit — we can bring all the resources of a lab to you. Our certified lab technicians can perform both qualitative and quantitative respirator tests to ensure a perfect fit.
Protect your team and your workplace now with Worksite Medical. Not sure what you need? Try our medical testing wizard here.
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