You may ask, why should I inform my employer or supervisor of my medical condition? The answer is that you should ensure the employer has important information on any illness of injury that will affect your safety, health and performance at work. It is the employer’s legal obligation to ensure your health, wellness and safety while employed. If you have an undisclosed medical condition then you are taking serious personal risk to yourself if you do not disclose your condition. In addition, you may affect the health and safety of others at the worksite. It is important for your supervisor to know this information so that work is assigned which does not place you at risk of further injury or a medical event that cause life threatening circumstances.
Some examples may be:
- A person with a heart condition who is taking prescriptions that need regular refills or has limited restrictions on physical exertion. If this person does not disclose the information he/she may be unknowingly placed in circumstances that can trigger a medical event;
- A person who has a previous injury such as a back or leg injury, that impacts the level of performance given by that person. He/she places themselves at risk of further injury by not disclosing the nature of their injury. These workers may be unknowingly be assigned to duties that will potentially cause them further injury/injuries because of the undisclosed information to the employer; or
- A person who has a medical illness such as a respiratory disease or diabetes in which certain conditions or dietary needs have not been provided because the worker failed to disclose the conditions with his employee…this may result is unnecessary risk to the worker.
Remember that Pipeworx Ltd. regards its employees as their number 1 RESOURCE. It is in the best interest of both the employee and Pipeworx Ltd. that each person with needs is reasonably accommodated to ensure each person demonstrates the full value of their employment.
Remember: Report all injuries to your supervisor and seek First Aid immediately.
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