Employers are obligated to medically examine workers for “hazardous activities”… periodically


The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation confirmed that private sector establishments that employ 50 or more workers are committed to preparing a special system for monitoring work injuries and occupational diseases, which includes a number of procedures and mechanisms, most notably preparing a record of work injuries and occupational diseases, and providing the necessary preventive tools and rehabilitation programs for workers who work in Dangerous activities in the facility, in addition to limiting all activities that are dangerous to the health and safety of workers, and also limiting workers in dangerous activities.

And the Ministry stressed, through its official pages on social media platforms, that the employer is obligated to assign one or more doctors to examine his workers who are at risk of contracting one of the occupational diseases specified by the Ministry, on a regular basis (at least once every six months), and to record the result of that examination in his records. And also in the workers’ files, pointing out the need for doctors to immediately inform the employer and the Ministry about cases of occupational diseases that appear among workers, and cases of death resulting from them, after confirming them by conducting the necessary medical and laboratory research, and the employer must inform the Ministry of that.

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And she said, “The doctor who conducts the periodic examination must request the re-examination of any worker who has been exposed to an occupational disease after a period less than the stipulated periodic period, if he finds that his condition requires that, while the employers must establish mechanisms related to the periodic health examination for workers in related activities.” The seriousness and speed of reporting within the facility about cases of work injuries and occupational diseases, as well as investigating work injuries and cases of occupational diseases, and taking all necessary measures to ensure that other workers are not exposed to such injuries or diseases, in addition to obtaining a report from the medical committees that shows the percentage of disability in the event of injury work or occupational disease.

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She emphasized the importance of establishments keeping a record of the periodicity and dates of examining workers exposed to occupational hazards for a period of at least five years after the end of their service, with the obligation to hand over the worker after the end of his service a statement indicating his period of work in the establishment in this dangerous profession.

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