A day in the life of an Occupational Health Advisor

26th April 2018

I had a call for an urgent sickness review yesterday so was at Loram Rail this morning at 07.00 to assess the employee’s fitness for work. Luckily for him, his condition is improving, and he can return to work with restricted duties to continue his rehabilitation. Then up to one...

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Face Fit Course with HSL, HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory, Buxton

16th April 2018

I attended the Face Fit course at the HSE Laboratories in Buxton in March to undergo my training in order that I could competently carry out face mask fitting as part of my role as an Occupational Health Technician. On the day, there was a wide range of delegates from...

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Health and Wellbeing Programmes

23rd March 2018

Here at David Barber (OH) Limited, one of the services that we offer is health and wellbeing programmes. For example, 4 in 10 checks which are 4 tests carried out in 10 minutes. These tests can be carried out by one of our Occupational Health Technicians. The 4 tests include:...

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Testing For Isocyanates

18th January 2018

Why test for isocyanate exposure? Isocyanates are one of the leading causes of occupational asthma in the UK. As respiratory sensitisers, exposures to isocyanates should be kept as low as reasonably practicable and this often requires the use of respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Biological monitoring is a simple and cost-effective...

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Drug Testing Using A Saliva Test

12th January 2018

At David Barber (OH) Limited we can offer different ways of testing your staff for the presence of drugs. There is the immediate urine test, where a sample is sent to our laboratory for testing and we have recently introduced testing through saliva. This is particularly useful for testing the...

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Skin Conditions

24th October 2017

As part of our general health surveillance assessments, our Occupational Health Technicians (OHTs) carry out skin checks as standard practice. At the beginning of any health surveillance assessment, we always ask our patients what their occupation is, do they wear gloves, overalls, safety glasses etc and what type of things...

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What are Tumbling E Eye Tests?

19th October 2017

As part of our contract with a local aerospace company, we are required to carry out Tumbling E Eye Tests. These tests are required for inspection staff in order for them to receive their inspection stamp, meaning they are certified to carry out inspections on aircraft. This became mandatory in...

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What Is Drug and Alcohol Testing and Why Do We Carry Out This Service?

27th September 2017

Part of a lab technicians job is to conduct drug and alcohol testing upon request from an employer. This can be requested for a number of reasons. For example, an employee who has been involved in an accident – perhaps driving a forklift truck; and the employer believes he/she is...

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Qualitative Face Fit Testing

19th September 2017

As part of our Occupational Health services that we provide, our Technician, Kate, can carry out face mask fit testing. Kate is fully qualified to carry out these assessments and completed her course at the HSE laboratories in Buxton, Derbyshire. Kate carries out Qualitative face fit testing on a regular...

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Absence Management | Are You Prepared?

30th June 2017

Our motto here at David Barber Occupational Health is to “keep your employees healthy, productive and at work”. Effective absence management helps your business keep costs down, keep your employees at work and manage them to their full capability. Productivity is lost as soon as an employee calls in sick,...

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What Is Blood Pressure? Is My Blood Pressure High | Health Surveillance

21st June 2017

What is blood pressure? When your heart beats, it pumps blood through your body to give it the energy and oxygen it needs. As the blood moves, it pushes against the sides of the blood vessels. The strength of this pushing is your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is...

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Health Surveillance - Spiro Lung testing

07th June 2017

What is Spirometry? Spirometry is a simple test used to help diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions by measuring how much air you can breathe out in one forced breath. It is carried out using a device called a spirometer, which is a small machine attached by a cable to a...

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Health Surveillance Explored - Hearing Tests

01st June 2017

Health surveillance to protect employees from hearing damage in the workplace often entails the following: Regular hearing checks in controlled conditions Telling employees about the results of their hearing checks Keeping health records Ensuring employees are examined by a doctor where hearing damage is identified Ideally, it is best practice to...

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Ever wondered what an Occupational Health Technician does?

24th May 2017

Well, Kate Franklin, my highly competent technician has written a short story about her day carrying out health surveillance. Bear in mind that this is not the same every day. She also carries out face fit testing, drug & alcohol testing and biological surveillance – Isocyanate testing, chromium testing and...

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World Hypertension Day - 17th May 2017

16th May 2017

What Is The WHD? The World Hypertension Day (WHD) was first inaugurated in May 2005 and has become an annual event ever since. The purpose of the WHD is to promote public awareness of hypertension and to encourage people of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern...

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The Truth About Stress

10th May 2017

Did you watch “The Truth About Stress” on BBC 1 on Thursday night? The World Health Organisation has described stress as ‘the health epidemic of the 21st century’. In this programme, Fiona Phillips wants to understand why we are experiencing increased amounts of stress in our lives and what actions...

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The Importance Of Taking Holiday

11th April 2017

There are two purposes of this blog; to tell you how important holiday is and, because I practice what I advocate, to inform you of my upcoming holiday. Don’t worry, DB Occupational Health will be left in the capable hands of Kate! It’s important that employers and employees understand the...

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Great News For Our Clients!

31st March 2017

The team are always developing and learning to ensure we can offer the best services to our clients. We do our upmost to meet every need of our clients. RPE fit testing course completion That’s why myself and our technician, Kate, have recently completed an RPE fit testing course! The...

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Website Launch

22nd February 2016

Welcome to the launch of our new website. Over the year, I will try and blog a topic about each of the services that we offer, the success stories and any learnings that have occurred. If you have any questions, please would you please email them to me directly rather...

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