Many illnesses can take several weeks or even months to diagnose officially, often requiring a battery of tests and specialist consultants. An Occupational Health Assessment is not intended for this purpose; its main aim is to educate and inform management about the situation, particularly regarding the employee’s ability to perform their role safely.

It’s important to note that there are a few specialised Health Surveillance/Medical assessments, such as those for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and Asbestos exposure, where an OH Physician is expected to provide a diagnosis.