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  • APRIL 2018
    Topic relating to Ergonomics - (details to follow)
  • Occupational
    therapy
    in
    Occupational
    health
    Fostering and promoting Occupational Therapy (OT)
    in the field of Occupational Health (OH)
    in South Africa
  • Sharing
    experience
    and Facilitating
    training
    Providing support for occupational therapists who are
    working with employers & facilitating interdisciplinary
    contact with occupational health professionals.
  • Providing
    opportunities
    and Exchanging
    ideas
    To encompass the role of occupational therapy in
    illness and/or injury prevention and management,
    specifically in the workplace.

Welcome to OTOH


Occupational therapists provide work-related services in a variety of settings, including corporate and industrial environments, acute care and rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric clinics and sheltered workshops. Services are linked to work hardening/conditioning, pre-employment screening, functional capacity evaluations, ergonomics, ill-health and injury prevention, and employee wellness.


Synergy between occupational therapists and occupational health clinics and/or employee wellness service providers has shown greater benefits and improved service delivery in the specific needs of employers in terms of:


  • Job analysis to identify possibilities for job adaptations, work accommodations, ergonomic considerations and accessibility.
  • Evaluation of employees’ functional abilities, potential for improvement and need for adaptation, bearing in mind the employer’s organisational culture.
  • Education related to health, safety and injury prevention, proper body mechanics, stress and pain management strategies.
  • Strategies to improve social, communication, emotional regulation and coping skills.
  • Development of programmes that incorporate graded and simulated activities, as well as opportunities for job trial to facilitated graded return-to-work after illness or injury.
  • Case management services to assist in the coordination and planning of return to work.


In order to facilitate professional development and improve communication and synergy between various role-players in occupational health, the interest group “Occupational Therapy in Occupational Health” (OTOH) was formed.



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