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Can I, as an employer, oblige my employees to consult the occupational physician before they resume work?

Wednesday 15/04/2020
Kan ik, als werkgever, mijn werknemers verplichten om eerst op consultatie te gaan bij de arbeidsarts alvorens zij het werk hervatten

No, the employer cannot oblige his employees to visit/examine the occupational physician before resuming work.

A work resumption examination is only possible if a number of conditions are met (the employee performs a function for which health supervision is required and he or she has been absent continuously for 4 weeks because of an illness, an accident, a disorder, or pregnancy).

An employer may, however, inform the occupational physician if he considers that the employee's state of health increases the risks associated with the workstation or if the employee complains of discomfort or signs of a disorder attributable to his working conditions. The occupational physician will then determine whether a medical examination is necessary for this employee.

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Last update: 30/04/2020

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