Managing the Health & Well-Being of Employees

March 01, 2018 | Occupational Health | Clearfield Community Medical Building , Penn Highlands Elk - Ridgway Campus

A company’s employees can be its greatest asset. 

That’s why keeping staff safe and healthy is a top priority for employers, according to Dave McAllister, manager of Occupational Health Services for Penn Highlands Healthcare.  

To help make this job easier for local companies, Penn Highlands offers Occupational Health Services, which support areas businesses in their efforts to manage the health and well-being of their employees through screenings, immunizations and job-specific education and training. 

“Many companies face government mandates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Transportation or other regulatory bodies,” McAllister said. “We have the expertise in meeting these government regulations, which can be a huge relief to a company’s human resources department.”

Penn Highlands offers two full-service locations, one at the Clearfield Community Medical Building and the other at Penn Highlands Elk – Ridgway Campus, and additional services are offered throughout the Tri-County area, according to Becky Piccolo, OTR/L, director of Rehabilitation and Occupational Health for Penn Highlands Elk.

The full-service locations offer many services, including:

  • Physicals
  • DOT physicals
  • Work-related injuries
  • Return-to-work services
  • Drug and alcohol testing: urine, breath alcohol, hair sampling
  • Vision testing
  • Audiometric testing
  • Nursing services
  • X-rays
  • EKGs
  • Respiratory testing (pulmonary function)
  • Respirator fit testing
  • Immunizations: flu shots, Hepatitis B, tetanus/diphtheria pertussis, titers for MMR and Varicella
  • Health screenings: thyroid, PSA, Vitamin D, A1C, lipid panel, bone density, BMI and blood pressure

“Maintaining a healthy workforce benefits our entire community,” Piccolo said. “Supporting the physical, emotional and social well-being of a company’s employees not only increases its productivity, but also reduces risk.”

The department also offers job-specific education and training, including: 

  • CPR training and certification
  • First aid training and certification
  • Bloodborne pathogen training
  • Proper lifting techniques
  • OSHA training
  • Safety training

In addition to the full-service locations, DOT physicals are offered at a number of Penn Highlands sites throughout the region, including DuBois Community Medical Building, The Clinic at Walmart, QCare Moshannon Valley, QCare Punxsutawney and QCare St. Marys, McAllister said. QCare Moshannon Valley also offers drug and alcohol testing and QCare St. Marys offers that service and treatment for work-related injuries.

For more information about the Occupational Health services available, call 814-299-7547 or 814-205-1263.