Occupational Health Services (BHT)

International SOS is an approved provider of Occupational Health Services by the Norwegian Labor Inspectorate. We cover the fields of Occupational Medicine, Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomy, Psycho-Social & Organizational support through our numerous and professional experts within each area.

Our Working Environment Services are focused on both physical and psycho-social aspects of the workplace. The Kokstad method®, which the physical risk assessments are based on, is a recognized method developed for risk assessment of personnel onshore and offshore.

General Health Risk Assessment

According to the Working Environment Act and related regulations, the employer must carry out systematic working environment analyzes as part of the work to ensure a fully satisfactory working environment. Exposure to working environment factors such as noise, ergonomic challenges and chemicals contributes to very many work-related health problems. A general health risk assessment can help to obtain an overview of which physical factors represents the highest health risk for current job categories and contribute with input to action plans to reduce the risk.

The professional team of International SOS has extensive experience in risk assessment of the physical work environment and has assisted companies for decades in improving their working environment

The method is based on Kokstadmetoden® and is built up and is carried out on the basis of job categories. The information and data are obtained from interview of employees, as well as from observations of workplaces and work processes for each individual job category. Based on the information obtained the job category’s total health risk is assessed. The report will contain any recommendations on risk mitigation, as well as the need for training, specific work environment mappings and health monitoring.

E-RISK Ergonomic Risk Assessment

E-RISK gives an overview of ergonomic factors in the working environment that are believed to be able to cause musculoskeletal disorders and thus be able to assist in the prevention of sickness absence related to such complaints.

E-RISK is based on valid and recognized tools and criteria and provides the company with a reliable overview of the risks associated with work tasks and total exposure for the individual job category / department. The methodology is based on current guidance and recommendations from the supervisory authorities.

Based on the results in E-RISK, International SOS can advise on risk-reducing measures, as well as contribute to the preparation of action plans and thus contribute to systematic follow-up of the working environment in the company.

Chemical Health Risk Assessment

A Chemical health risk assessment (CHRA) is a risk assessment of employee chemical exposure in the working environment.

A CHRA can help to get an overview of which chemical exposures that represent the highest health risk for relevant job categories. It will also provide input on how to reduce the risk.

The method is based on the Kokstad method® which has the employee’s exposure as the main focus.

Interviews of employees are carried out, inspection in work areas and work processes and review of client systems and documentation on chemical management. Based on this information the chemical health risk of each job category is assessed. Our report will include recommended measures for risk reduction, training, specific work environment surveys and health monitoring.

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Measurement of Oil mist and vapor

Exposure to oil mist and oil vapor may among other things contribute to the development of inflammatory reactions in the lungs with subsequent scarring, fibrosis and thus reduced lung capacity.

When exposed to oil mist and oil vapor, the long-term health effects will depend on the content of the petroleum products that create the mist and vapor. Pressure and temperature are important factors that influence the amount. Measurement of oil mist and oil vapor helps to get an overview of the employees’ exposure level.

The recommended sampling time is 2 hours and one aim for 6 sampling periods per job category or per measurement point. Personal measurements are carried out primarily, but stationary measurements may also be performed in parallel for assessment of the general working atmosphere in relevant areas.

The report will contain recommendations on measures to reduce any exposure to oil mist and oil vapor, as well as the need for training and health monitoring.

The WorkPlace Survey (MTM – Medarbeidertilfredshetsmåling)

The purpose of the Workplace Survey is to measure employee`s job satisfaction and to identify psychosocial and organizational risk factors in the workplace, thus helping ensure a safe work environment in accordance with the company`s goals and strategy

Scandinavian and European research shows that social support, positive leadership, possibility for development/positive challenges at work and role clarity are important factors for employees’ commitment to their work and to their organization.

Role conflict, bullying, lack of information and rumors are on the other hand risk factors for exhaustion, burn-out and sick-leave.

International SOS ensures a systematic approach to factors that facilitate effective and sustainable work environments, with clear guidance on how to strengthen the organization.

We use a standardized questionnaire based on the latest theory and research which is distributed by e-mail which guarantees both effective data collection and anonymity for all employee.

Benchmarking data is achieved through cooperation with Sensus AS. Results will be compared to other enterprises and industries within the same branch

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