Health Promotion and Wellness Services
Attendance control and disability management programs
without health promotion and wellness programs are not likely to have optimal affect.
A comprehensive occupational health service today infers a full commitment to wellness
The Occupational Health Nurse or Health Care Provider who has responsibility in this
area will deliver wellness programs, health educational and counseling programs. Other
programs, such as substance abuse policy and treatment programs, critical incident and
stress management policies, employee immunization programs, AIDS awareness, weight
reduction, smoking cessation programs, BP monitoring clinics, cholesterol-lowering
programs, etc. should all be included.
Workplace Drug Testing
AOMS provides pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing to
clients following U.S. DOT procedures for workplace drug testing. DOT drug screening
is performed according to provisions of 49 CFR Part 40 amended on August 19, 1994 by
the U.S. Department of Transportation. Non-DOT drug testing requested by clients will
be conducted following the same procedures as the DOT-mandated specimen even though the
client may not be required by law to follow such regulations. AOMS believes that
in order to ensure the integrity of the collection and the collection process, these
specific procedures must be followed in all drug screening collections.
A random, unbiased selection procedure using a computerized selection process is
available and collections can be performed in the workplace or in most areas of
Newfoundland and throughout Canada and the United States. Drug analysis will be
conducted by a DOT-certified laboratory and results will be available within a 48 hour
In addition, a Medical Review Officer (MRO) will contact all positive
employees by telephone to discuss the test findings and will discuss the results with
the employer. AOMS believes that in order to comply with the chain of custody
conditions, legislative and ethical requirements for drug testing, it is important that
the donor be treated with dignity at all times during this sensitive sampling procedure.
As much as possible, the donor will be provided with privacy while ensuring the
collection sample has not been contaminated. All donors will be provided with an
information sheet prior to the test and will sign a consent confirming that he/she
understands the procedures and gives permission to the sampling. Employees refusing to
participate in the drug testing will be requested to sign a "Refusal of Testing"
document and the collector will immediately notify the employer of the refusal.
Executive (Comprehensive) Health
The Executive (Comprehensive) Health
Assessment identifies risks and early signs of disease, deals with
current medical and health concerns, and provides in-depth guidance and
recommendations for optimal health and lifestyle goals. A
combination of three programs; Workplace Health Risk Assessment (WHRA),
Personal Health Assessment (PHA) and a Fit 4 Health Aerobic Capacity
Assessment, provide the comprehensive picture of an individual's health
The Workplace Health Risk Assessment (WHRA)
consists of a series of questions related to physical health, wellness,
worksite satisfaction and organizational change. The Personal
Health Assessment (PHA) consists of a personal health risk appraisal,
relevant family and personal medical history, nutritional and lifestyle
review, and a thorough physical exam. A carefully selected series
of laboratory and radiology tests are completed in advance of the health
assessment in order to present a complete health picture for the client
at the time of the medical.
Fit 4 Health is an aerobic capacity and
fitness assessment which evaluates the individual's overall fitness.
It involves dynamic testing through a 12-minute 'sub maximal' graded
exercise test, body composition analysis, strength and flexibility
testing and spirometry (lung function testing). A computerized
fitness profile plus one-on-one interpretations and consultations are
At the conclusion of the Executive
(Comprehensive) Health Assessment a written report is provided to you.
This user friendly report, including charts and specific information,
provides details of health risks and a wellness profile, as well as a
physician's report identifying any medical concerns that require
follow-up or lifestyle change. This report provides you the
guidance you need to move forward to a healthier lifestyle. Where
appropriate and with client consent, a letter and details of all the
findings are forwarded to the individual's family physician.
If desired, each program of the Executive
(Comprehensive) Health Assessment can be offered and administered
separately, depending on the needs of the individual or corporate plan.
Workplace Health Business Case
In today's competitive marketplace,
promoting, protecting and inspiring employees to attain and maintain
good health is a care value of high-performance organizations.
These organizations recognize that investing in the "good health
practices" of the individual employee will improve productivity and
help reduce healthcare costs while creating a healthier workplace.
In addition, promoting individual wellness throughout the organization
will decrease the demand on healthcare benefits, reducing costs
associated with insurance, prescription drugs and lost productivity due
to complex treatment programs and/or lost time due to illness.
There is a relationship between the cost
of presenteeism, absenteeism, productivity loss, medications and
disability claims as they relate to personal health practices and job
satisfaction. Research shows that when we compromise on either of
these issues we are at greater risk of illness and chronic disease.
Healthy organizations value healthy
employees. They actively promote employee wellness through
initiating programs that support individual and group efforts to live
healthier, balanced lives. Studies have proven that dollars spent
on wellness promotion is money well spent. For every dollar spent
on creating a healthier organization, between three and nine dollars are
returned on this investment within five years.
Workplace Health Risk Assessment (WHRA)
The Workplace Health Risk Assessment (WHRA)
is comprised of a series of questions related to physical health,
wellness, worksite satisfaction and organizational change. The
WHRA is unique in the workplace health sector. It is the only tool
capable of assessing both personal health practices and job resilience.
Developed by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, kinesiologists and
organizational health experts, WHRA has been evaluated for reliability,
validity and interpretability by researchers at the University of
Key findings, including individual risk
profiles and guidelines for appropriate changes, are provided to each
employee upon completion of the WHRA. Employees identified as
having high risk factors are provided with a personal consultation to
ensure they are aware of important risks and the alternatives available
to mitigate the risks.
Other Health Promotion Services
Other services offered by AOMS include: