Senior Occupational Health Nurse

  • Unilever
  • Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Jan 10, 2020
Full Time Human Resources

Job Description


Provide comprehensive Health services (SHE) for the protection and promotion of total physical, mental and social well-being of all employees.


  • Primary Health Care
  • Promotes, supervises, and performs prompt, effective medical assistance to employees in acute and chronic situations
  • Responds to emergencies
  • Diagnoses and treats clients
  • Ensures adequate job restriction and protection
  • Liaises with external service providers
  • Prevents time away from work (‘Lost Time’)
  • Provides cost effective and accessible service to clients
  • Schedule, conduct and record checks on clients with chronic condition
  • Occupational Health Care
  • Pre-placement Medical
  • Conduct pre-placement medical to prevent any liability to the company and to prevent illness/injury to employees and colleagues
  • Periodic Medicals
  • Plans and conducts risk based medical surveillance including exit medicals, retirement medicals and ill health retirement medicals
  • Evaluates, monitor and document risks on site
  • Make recommendation on health matters to management
  • Communicate potential health and safety hazards in the workplace.
  • Injuries on Duty
  • Administer First Aid and secondary treatment
  • Maintains and checks emergency equipment
  • Advise management on preventative and / or corrective action by investigating causes, frequency of injuries
  • Prevent Lost Time for employee and the company by treating IOD promptly
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Educate employees on health-related topics in either formal/informal groups or on a one-on-one basis
  • Advise Line managers/departments on safety equipment
  • Presentation to management on general matters affecting the safety and health of employees at work, in the workplace
  • Monthly reports, as stipulated by Senior Occupational Health Nurse
  • Represents Medical and Occupational Health at meetings
  • Communicates appropriate information to immediate supervisors, managers and HR department (e.g. Fit to work documentation)
  • Maintain employee records
  • Purchase and replenish medical supplies
  • Ensure legislative compliance
  • Communicates within department and to internal/external stakeholders (e.g. responding to e-mail)
  • Maintenance of accurate and up to date medical records and or reports to track employee health / illness and provide the company with the required data, keeping in mind the employee’s right to confidentiality
  • Investigate illness / injury episodes and trends to determine health and safety needs. Communicates this information to relevant stakeholders for the development of safety programmes
  • Monthly statistical reports for management
  • Evaluate findings of periodic medicals
  • Assessment of ‘Employee Risk Factor report’
  • Investigate employee complaints regarding safety or healthy at work
  • Representation to management or safety committee in matters relating to work
  • Schedule, conduct and record checks on employees with chronic condition
  • Plans and executes HIV roadmap
  • Plans and executes wellness drives and the mental wellbeing program
  • Evaluate performance / progress, counsel and coach if necessary
  • Monitor progress and co-ordinate community health services for rehabilitation purposes
  • Plan, develop and administer the policies and procedures of the Company Medical and Occupational Health Department


  • Occupational Health/ Nursing Diploma essential
  • 2 years' work experience within a corporate must be Occupationally trained
  • Current registration with South African Nursing Council
  • Certificate in Audiometry, Spirometry, Pharmacology/ Dispensing License
  • Certificate in Physical Assessment - Primary Health Care an advantage
  • HIV counselling an advantage
  • Safety certificates an advantage
  • Computer literacy - Microsoft
  • Driver's License
  • Must have a strong work ethic and ability to work in a pressurised environment

Application Deadline

Jan 17, 2020