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Ohs Manual

Ohs Manual

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As discussions are ongoing with the teacher unions the final version of thesedocuments will be available only in the context of the finalisation of thosediscussions.
Occupational Health Service
A Manual for Boards of Management/VECs
July 2008
Occupational Health StrategyEmployee Assistance Service for Teachers 31 Introduction to Occupational Health service 42 Assessment of Medical Fitness Prior to Appointment as a Teacher(Pre-Employment Medical Questionnaire) 53 Sickness Absence and Medical Fitness to Return to Work 64 Ill Health Retirements 75 Appeal of Ill Health Retirements Decisions 8
Sample forms
Pre-employment medical questionnaire (PEMQ1) 9Medical Fitness Referral Form (MEDREF1) 13Frequently Asked Questions –Occupational Health Referral 15Occupational Health Referral form (OHA1) 16Application for retirement on grounds of permanent infirmity (RET.D.1) 17Confidential Medical Report form on Teacher Seeking Ill Health Retirement(TMED1) 21
Occupational Health Strategy for Teachers
An Occupational Health Strategy has been put in place as a supportive resource forteachers. The aim of this strategy is to promote the health of teachers in theirworkplace, with a focus primarily on prevention rather than cure and has beenprogressed in consultation with teachers unions and management bodies. TheOccupational Health Strategy comprises of the Employee Assistance andOccupational Health Services for teachers.
The Employee Assistance Service for Teachers
The Employee Assistance Service is the first stage in the development of an overallOccupational Health Strategy for teachers. An external provider has been contractedby the Department of Education and Science to deliver the Employee AssistanceService.The purpose of the EAS is to provide teachers and their immediate family memberswith easy access to confidential counselling and to assist in coping with the effect of personal and work-related issues. The service which is free and confidential has beenavailable since November 2006 to teachers serving in primary and post-primaryschools.The following services are available:
Telephone Counselling – single sessions or short term structured counselling
Face to Face counselling – up to six counselling sessionsCounselling is provided on issues such as health, relationships, addictions,bereavement, stress, conflict, critical incident and trauma.
Accessing the serviceEAS
is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.For additional information on the EAS just click on to the Department of Educationand Science Website,www.education.ieand follow the link provided.

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