Occupational Health consultants are physicians who serve employees and employers by focusing on the prevention and treatment of work-related illness, injury, and disability. The field of Occupational Health (also known as Occupational Medicine) accomplishes its mission by promoting the health of employees, families, and communities. Specialists in Occupational Health protect the health of nearly 150 million workers in the United States, but rather than simply responding to workplace injuries, a major focus of Occupational Medicine is promoting worker health through monitoring, prevention, return-to-work programs, and compliance with health and safety practices. Modern employers also recognize that improvements in workplace health and safety are not only instrumental for employees but also mission-critical for the success and stability of the company as well. Occupational Medicine specialists certified by the American Board of Preventative Medicine (ABPM) are the physician specialists tasked with implementing and accomplishing these important objectives.
Occupational Health consultants lend their expertise in a variety of settings including clinical practices, workplaces, hospitals, universities, and governmental agencies. Occupational Medicine specialists may also focus on specific industries (e.g. aerospace) or areas including toxicology workplace exposures, epidemiology, and workplace safety. Occupational Medicine consulting challenges often occur at the competing nexus of employers who want workers to safely return to work, and workers who may want additional time off, special accommodations, or disability. Such situations, along with the management of workplace injuries and toxic exposures, represent the most common questions for Occupational Health consultants.
Other areas requiring advanced levels of Occupational Health consultants include:
Elite Medical Experts’ Occupational Health division is led by Dr. Tom Fariss, a Board-Certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Occupational & Environmental Medicine who served as the Vice President of Global Health at Kimberly-Clark Corporation where he was responsible for occupational health issues affecting over 41,000 employees.