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Occupational Health - FAQs

Occupational Health - FAQs

Posted By Dr. Denis MulKeen  

What is the purpose of Workers Compensation?

Workers Compensation provides no-fault protection to workers and their employers following a work-related injury or illness.

Workers compensation includes payments to employees to cover their:

  • wages while they are not fit for work
  • medical expenses and rehabilitation.


In NSW workers compensation system operates under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (1987 Act) and the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 (1998 Act), and associated Regulation.


What is Workers Compensation Insurance?

Workers compensation is a form of insurance payment to employees if they are injured at work or become sick due to their work.

Workers compensation includes payments to employees to cover their:

  • wages while they are not fit for work
  • medical expenses and rehabilitation.

Employers in each state or territory have to take out workers compensation insurance to cover themselves and their employees.


How are Workers Compensation Insurance premiums calculated?

The amount of workers compensation premiums that a business must pay is regulated by the state government based on a particular formula used in that state. Generally, it is based on the amount of wages that you pay your employees, as well as the industry your business operates in and the claims history of your business.


What is an occupational health assessment?

An Occupational Health Assessment is a medical examination performed by an Occupational Health specialist. The main aim of an Occupational Health Assessment is to advise employers on the employee's health and make recommendations on what adjustments could be considered to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for that employee. 


What is Occupational Health and Safety?

Occupational health services help to keep your employees healthy and safe whilst in work and manage any risks in the workplace that are likely to give rise to work-related ill health. 


How Occupational Health can help businesses?

Occupational health consultants provide a range of services designed specifically to meet the needs of businesses. This includes

  • Reduce sickness absence
  • Prevent and remove health risks arising in the workplace - ensuring your business meets its statutory responsibilities - and helping your business maintain a healthy workforce.
  • Give independent and professional diagnosis, prognosis and advice on staff unable to work due to long-term or short-term intermittent health problems.
  • Lifestyle and wellbeing services increasing productivity and staff retention


Who is responsible for my safety at work?

Your employer has a responsibility to make sure you are safe in any task related to your job. You are also responsible for acting in a manner that does not put you or others in danger.


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