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Sanote | Arbeitsmedizin

Dr. Beata Lutomska-Kaufmann

Occupational Medicine


Occupational medicine is a preventive discipline used within the scope of employee protection which has a profound influence upon how your workplace and work processes are designed. Your goal is to improve working conditions in order to prevent or minimise strains on health. In that way, you can make an essential contribution to designing the modern world of work in a humane way, as a space where working people can develop their personalities and performance as efficiently as possible – and by doing so, contribute to the commercial success of your organisation at the same time.

Modern occupational medicine uses the latest scientific findings, adapts to account for ongoing change in the economy, and is oriented to the requirements of companies at all times.

I will be happy to provide you with holistic occupational medical care oriented to current legal principles and extending beyond the legal requirements of employee protection.

Areas of Work


Occupational Medical Care According to the Employee Protection Act

Every company must bear responsibility for the health of its employees. The Employee Protection Act (ArbeitnehmerInnenschutzgesetz or ASchG) requires that working conditions are in line with health law, and that working conditions are designed in a human way. There is no reason why productivity should suffer as a result of this, however. Healthy employees are more creative and more motivated. That’s why health and safety protection is such an essential factor in ensuring the success of your company.

I will advise and support you in answering any questions you may have regarding health and safety protection or accident prevention. I will carry out the necessary plant inspections, assess working conditions, and analyse work processes. According to your wishes, the care and consultation I provide can go beyond prescribed rules – with a tailored concept made up of services for promoting, maintaining and restoring the health of your employees, as well as providing preventive care, thereby maximising your success.

OCCUPATIONAL MEDICAL INSPECTIONS

I possess all the authorisations required to provide occupational medical inspections at a wide range of different types of company (the exception being ergometry, which has to be organised off-site).

Suitability inspections and follow-up inspections are performed in accordance with the Directive on Health Supervision in the Workplace (Verordnung über die Gesundheitsüberwachung am Arbeitsplatz or VGÜ).

This is particularly applicable in the case of activities involving:

  • hazardous substances or biological work materials, including genetic engineering work with human pathogen organisms;
  • physical effects such as heat stress, cold stress, exposure to noise, vibrations, compressed air or diving work;
  • air mask work; activities in the tropics or sub-tropics, and any other periods of time spent abroad involving special climatic strains or risks of infection.

Inspections of the eyes and visual faculties (§ 68, Employee Protection Act)

Employees working using a screen are entitled to have their eyes and visual faculties tested before beginning the work, then at regular intervals thereafter or if they experience problems with their sight that can be traced back to working with the screen.
Inspections in accordance with § 19 of the Radiation Protection Ordinance (Strahlenschutzverordnung)
The Radiation Protection Ordinance states that special occupational medical care of a preventive nature should be provided to protect the health of people exposed to radiation as a result of their profession.

PREVENTIVE VACCINATION AT WORK

Vaccinations relevant to occupational medicine must be viewed as a component of the duty of care measures required by the law if an employee is subject to an increased risk of infection due to their professional activity.

Employees who perform activities involving an increased risk of infection can be protected by means of regular vaccinations. These measures will prevent possible infection-related occupational diseases.

The protective vaccinations at a company which could possibly be relevant to occupational medicine include tick-borne encephalitis, hepatitis, poliomyelitis, influenza, diphtheria-tetanus and pneumococci.

Extended periods of sick time, and the risk of these periods increasing in number overall, can be prevented by providing efficient vaccination, such as flu vaccination, as part of a preventive company health plan.

The preventive vaccination plan also needs to be a part of preventive measures for employees travelling abroad on business, and should continuously be adapted to the latest findings of travel medicine.

Travel vaccinations include, amongst others, vaccinations against rabies, typhus and cholera.

Testing of vaccination protection

This involves testing employees to see whether a booster vaccination is necessary. I am happy to provide advice relating to the need for particular vaccinations.

PERSONALISED PROGRAMMES AND CONCEPTS PROMOTING GOOD HEALTH AT YOUR COMPANY

Health promotion creates safe, satisfying and motivating working and living conditions. If your employees feel healthy and well, they will be enthusiastic and happy about making your company’s goals their own, and devoting all their energy and commitment to achieving those goals. As a company, you can make an essential contribution to designing the working environment of your employees so that it is healthy.

As part of promoting health at your company, I am happy to determine special target audiences at your company who can subsequently be provided with support using optimised health measures.

EVALUATION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL STRAIN IN THE WORKPLACE – COLLABORATION WITH OCCUPATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS

Psychological strain in the workplace, which can lead to more serious stress, is a frequent cause of work-related complaints and illnesses. Not only does this cause human suffering; it also brings with it immense economic costs.

Working in agreement with yourself and together with occupational psychologists, I devise the best-possible method of approaching this issue, with the maximum sustainability, and from scientific, technically correct and economic points of view.

This is done with a common goal: to derive possible solutions for optimising ways to overcome work performance from a circumstance-oriented perspective, so achieving the greatest possible benefit for all involved – both the organisation and its employees.