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Navigating Occupational Health: Fitness for Duty Assessments
Episode 416th February 2024 • Fit For Duty • Larry Earl, MD
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In this episode of the Fit for Duty podcast, Dr. Larry Earl, president of the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals, talks with Dr. Manijeh Berenji, an expert in occupational medicine. They discuss the complexities of fitness for duty assessments, the impact of mental health conditions on workplace safety and productivity, the importance of confidentiality, and the ethical and legal considerations during these assessments. Dr. Berenji shares practical advice, real stories, and tips to ensure a safe and productive work environment. The episode also provides resources and strategies to stay informed about the latest occupational health practices.

Key Discussion points:

00:06 Introduction to Fit For Duty Podcast

01:10 Guest Introduction: Dr. Manisha Berenji

02:54 Understanding Fitness for Duty Assessments

03:46 Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

05:48 Dealing with Physical Limitations at Work

10:58 Balancing Privacy and Safety in Occupational Health

13:27 Evaluating Mental Health in Occupational Medicine

16:42 Accommodating Employees with Disabilities

23:19 Addressing Misconceptions about Fitness for Duty Exams

27:37 Success Stories in Occupational Health

38:04 Conclusion and Wrap-up

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