We provide occupational health services in New Plymouth, Taranaki and around the North Island. Come to our central New Plymouth office, or book our mobile service and we will visit you on-site.
We can assess potential workers for fitness to do the job by obtaining relevant baseline health information.
This may involve the following: audiometry, spirometry, blood & urine tests, Blood Pressure, vision check, body mass index (BMI), musculoskeletal assessment, personal health history, occupational and ACC history, drug testing.
Ear suction and wax removal
We have a dedicated professional earwax removal service.
Using dry and effective micro-suction technology under direct observation, wax is gently and safely removed by a qualified nurse.
We provide dedicated health and medical assessments for onshore/offshore workers for Shell Taranaki. This includes medical surveillance, fitness to work clearance, and drug and alcohol testing.
Lung function and Respiratory assessments
We provide respiratory assessments for workers who are exposed to contaminants in the air that could affect lung function such as chemicals i.e. Isocynates, dusts, vapours, and fumes
Lung function assessments are recommended at pre-employment or annually
- Full spirometry assessment
- Education on the wearing of respiratory protection and self-responsibility to protect
- A questionnaire outlining a person’s history of exposure to respiratory contaminants and symptoms is completed before lung function testing.
Flu vaccinations & immunisation
Make sure your workplace stays healthy all year. Influenza (Flu) is preventable through annual vaccinations. We can come to your workplace during normal office hours to provide vaccinations. Our staff are fully trained and certified as vaccinators.
We can also vaccinate against Hepatitis A or B, typhoid, tetanus and other travel vaccinations.
The cost of an worker off sick or injured from your workplace can be extreme. Evidence shows that people get better quicker and have less long-term effects when actively rehabilitated.
By individual case management we can work with your workers, ACC, physiotherapist, and doctors to ensure a safe and effective return to work following absenteeism due to injury/accident or medical conditions.
Staff wellness programmes
Ensure you have a healthy workplace and a valued workforce by providing you and your employees with a personal health check (WOF) – helping to identify issues before they become problems.
This can include: cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, activity and lifestyle assessments and skin checks.
The individual results can assist with designing workplace incentives to embracing changes in health such as smoking cessation, eating and exercise habits.
Exit medicals can be completed before a worker leaves your workplace. The medical can help establish that your workers health has not been affected in a negative way during their employment. This protects the employer, and reassures the worker that their health has not been compromised during their employment.
The exit medical generally includes the following:
- Declaration that they are leaving in reasonable health
- Vision checks
- Audiometry (hearing)
- Spirometry (lung function)
- Disclosure of any possible work-related discomfort, pain or injury
Drug & Alcohol testing
Could safety be compromised in your workplace through drug & alcohol use? Testing can be undertaken at pre-employment or as part of workplace hazard management. We use certified testing equipment that gives immediate results and those that go to an accredited laboratory. All staff are NZQA trained for drug screening.
- Instant urine drug tests
- Laboratory urine drug tests
- Breath alcohol analysis
Annual hearing testing (audiometry) is expected for people working in noisy environments even if you are provided with hearing protection.
Hearing tests include:
- Onsite or offsite hearing tests
- Assessment of past & present noise exposure history
- A physical look into the ear
- Education on the wearing of correct hearing protection
Prevent discomfort, pain or injury (DPI) from occurring by ensuring computer workstations are set up for individual needs.
- Chair & seating arrangements
- Monitor screens & laptop use
- Phone and headset checks
- Lighting and thermal climate factors
- Postural, stretching and avoiding discomfort advice
Musculoskeletal and ergonomic assessments for driving and general workplace set-ups such as production lines, work benches are also available to reduce the effects of discomfort, pain or injury (DPI).
Respirator fit testing
When exposed to dusts, vapours, mists, gases and fumes in the workplace that can be hazardous to health it is imperative that if a respirator is to be worn that it fits properly.
It is important to get a qualitative respirator fit test each year to ensure that reusable half or full face respirators are fitting correctly. The test ensures the wearer is protected against airborne toxins that the device is designed to protect.
It helps to know the mask is working correctly and that it is removing the hazard and not letting airborne toxins get into the lungs.
Find out more about our Respirator Fit Testing >
Quitting smoking is hard work but you don’t have to do it alone. With support from a trained smoking cessation practitioner, the stages of stopping smoking can be easier and help the smoker understand the smoking addiction.
This is completed annually and may include:
- Hearing testing – Health Nurses are all trained in hearing testing and the interpretation of the results. They can also provide education on the effects of noise on health to ensure individuals understand what they must do to reduce the risks of hearing loss
- Lung function assessments – monitoring for all workers exposed to any respiratory hazard. Nurses are trained and qualified in the use of the lung function machines, and how to interpret the results and give appropriate advice.
- Vision screening – it is important to ensure that your workers have visual acuity and colour vision perception adequate for the tasks that their job requires. Good vision is necessary for people to perform their work safely and comfortably.
A full report is given to management following health monitoring
Biological monitoring is required when workers are exposed to known health hazards such as certain toxic chemicals, and heavy metals such as lead and cadmium. Exposure to these substances can affect the wellbeing of a worker’s kidney, liver or heart.
Testing is carried out by taking blood or urine samples to test how much of the toxic substance has been processed by the body. This gives a good indication how well the hazard is controlled in the workplace.