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Occupational health care from A to Z

Occupational health care from A to Z

The topic of occupational healthcare is relevant for employers and employees beyond pandemics. In this LGP interview, Gerald Gerstbauer, Managing Director of LGG Healthcare Services GmbH, and occupational physician Dr. Julija Vrabl report on what this specialist field does and what takes place in occupational healthcare centres. 

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (ASchG), every employer must provide for occupational health and safety from the point that the very first employee is employed by the company. Heavy fines can result if the obligation to call in safety specialists or occupational health specialists is not fulfilled. The scope of occupational healthcare to be provided (prevention time) depends on the type of workplace and the size of the company. In office workplaces, each employee must receive 1.2 hours of occupational health and safety care per year, while other workplaces require 1.5 hours per employee. Part-time workers are considered on a pro-rata basis. There are also special regulations for companies with night work. The statutory prevention time is 40% occupational health-related and 35% safety-related. Other suitable specialists such as chemists, toxicologists, ergonomists or occupational psychologists can be called in for the remaining 25%. However, occupational healthcare specialists or safety specialists can also account for this time. 

There are simplifications for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with up to 50 employees. In companies of this size, supervision must take the form of inspections by a safety expert and an occupational health specialist. Employers must consult occupational specialists on many business decisions, above all on all questions of maintaining and promoting health at the workplace, in the planning of workplaces, in the procurement or modification of work equipment, in regulating the rhythm of work or working and break times, as well as in the design of workplaces and work processes, to name just a few important areas. For up to 50 employees, occupational healthcare can be claimed through the General Accident Insurance Institution (AUVA). For more than 50 employees, on the other hand, employers are obliged to organise occupational healthcare themselves. 


KommR Gerald Gerstbauer, MBA, MLE, Managing Director at LGG Healthcare Services

Dr. Julija Vrabl, Medical Coordination at Wellcon

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