Occupational Health is responsible for the provision of specialist advice on health policies and environmental health hazards, health promotion and health surveillance, employment health assessments and a confidential counselling service.
Occupational Health is committed to supporting a safe and healthy workplace, working together to promote a culture where physical and psychological health of staff, students and others involved in the College is respected, protected and improved whilst at work.
The team is staffed by registered health practitioners alongside a team of support staff providing a confidential service to staff and students in the College, any information provided to Occupational Health is held in medical confidence.
The main services and responsibilities of the department:
- Health protection: health assessment for safety critical work, vaccination for work in clinical settings or with human pathogens, with advice and guidance on a range of issues e.g. blood donation, eye care, first aid, gloves, office and lab ergonomics, skin and hand care, pregnancy.
- Health surveillance for staff and students at risk of exposure to animal allergens, insect allergy and biological clearance for those working with pathogens, GMOs, human blood or tissue samples.
- Lab accidents and needlestick injuries advising on arrangements for emergency assistance for exposures to clinical materials (blood, serum, human tissue) and chemicals along with arranging post exposure follow-up.
- Clinical consultations arising from Self or Management referral, providing specialist advice to support members of staff with health issues affecting their ability to work or where there is a general concern about their safety and wellbeing.
- Medical Student pre-acceptance health assessment for clinical activities and health clearance including vaccination for students planning medical electives.
- Travel health clearance, advice and vaccinations for staff and specified student groups travelling on College business (e.g. conferences, research or field trips) in line with the Offsite Working Policy.
Occupational Health does not provide medical help or treatment if you are unwell; the College has however negotiated with the Imperial College Health Centre to provide a number of special services for members of staff not eligible to register with the practice. If you are feeling unwell please seek advice from your GP or visit the nearest walk in centre Chelsea and Westminster Hospital or you can call NHS 111 anytime, day or night.