Nursing in Occupational HealthOccupational Health Nurses
(OHN)s are registered nurses who independently observe andassess the worker's health status with respect to job tasks and hazards. Using their specializedexperience and education, these registered nurses recognize and prevent health effects fromhazardous exposures and treat workers' injuries/illnesses. Occupational health nursing is afield within the nursingprofessionwhich is focused on the prevention and management of workplace injuries. Occupational health nurses can work for companies which want toprovide nursing services to their employees, and for government agenciesconcerned withoccupational andpublic health issues. Many areregistered nurses, and some hold master's
degrees in topics such as public health.
Occupational Health Nursing History in the Philippines
Occupational Health Nursing in the Philippines traces its roots to Ms. Magdalena Valenzuela of the Department of Health who founded the Industrial Nursing Unit (INU) of the PhilippineNurses Association on Nov. 11, 1950. INU is an organization of Nurses working in the industryas company nurse. The Industrial Nursing Unit was changed to Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc. (OHNAP) on Sept. 10, 1960 and on Sept. 25, 1979, theConstitution and By-Laws created a Specialty Board that granted its first Certified OccupationalHealth Nurse Title to its first graduate.
Functions of occupational health team
Work with the occupational health team to lead the sanitary and industrial hygiene of allindustrial establishments including hospitals to determine their compliance with thesanitation code and its implementing rules and regulations.
Recommends to local health authority the issuance if license/business permits andsuspensions or revocation of the same for any violation of the condition upon whichlicenses or permits had been issued, pursuant to existing rules and regulations.
Coordinates with other government agencies relative to the implementation of theimplementing rules and regulations.
Attends to the complaints of all establishments in the area of assignment related toindustrial hygiene and recommends appropriate measures for immediate compliance.
Informs all affected workers regarding the nature of hazards and the reasons for thecontrol measures and protective equipment.
Participates to provide, install and maintains in good condition all control facilities andprotective barriers for potential and actual hazards.
Makes a periodic testing for physical examination of the workers and other healthexaminations related to worker¶s exposure to potential or actual hazards in theworkplace.
Provides control measures to reduce noise, dust, health, and other hazards.
Ensure strict compliance on the regular use and proper maintenance of personalprotective equipment.
Provide employees/workers an occupational health services and facilities.