Job Profile – Occupational Health Technician

Name: Andy Holliday.

Job title: Occupational Health Technician.

Employer: Choose Occupational Health.

Where do you live? North Cumbria.

Where do you work? Throughout North and West Cumbria but our main office is in Carlisle.

How long have you done this job? 20 months.

Take us through a typical day: My role is varied and takes me around the county to work with lots of different companies and organisations. No two days are ever the same. A typical day might involve travelling to a site where I will set up a screening clinic with all the appropriate equipment. It all needs checked and calibrated before I can start carrying out requested health screening on the personnel who have been booked in. Screening can include lung function tests, audio tests, vision tests and some sites have their own specific tests for staff roles that are unique to that sector or industry eg. a grip test for staff who are stitching footwear. All test results are documented and saved on to their staff records, so comparisons can be made with previous screening. If health problems are identified, the individual can either be referred to their GP or to an Occupational Health Advisor.

What do you like most about the job? I love meeting new people and we work with all sorts of different organisations from a variety of sectors, throughout the county. Occupational Health also applies to everyone, so we get to work with people at all levels throughout the business. It’s fascinating learning about how different job roles impact on people’s physical and mental state and being able to play a part in protecting and preserving their health and well-being.

What do you like least? Sometimes the travelling can be tough, especially in winter with the dark early nights and bad weather.

Why did you want to do this job? For a new challenge.

What qualifications or experience do you need? Good communication skills are essential. You have to be prepared to talk to people and listen to what they have to say. Attention to detail is also essential as all data must be recorded and analysed efficiently.

Any advice for people wanting to get into your profession? You’ll need to be able to work alone and with minimal supervision so be prepared to use your own initiative and be able to think on your feet.

What do you like doing in your spare time? I enjoy long walks with our dog, visiting and researching castles and listening to Progressive Rock (not necessarily all at the same time!).

Most annoying habit: I have absolutely no conscience when finishing off chocolate and biscuits!

Describe yourself in 3 words:  Caring, witty, obsessive.

Favourite happy place in Cumbria: Pendragon Castle, Mallerstang.