The CMO’s Office was recently awarded SEQOHS accreditation. SEQOHS stands for Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Service. It is an international accreditation scheme for occupational health services. Almost 200 occupational health services internationally have achieved this standard. SEQOHS accreditation is a formal recognition that an occupational health service operates to a high standard.

The scheme is managed by the Royal College of Physicians of London on behalf of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. SEQOHS is also endorsed by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Our preparation for this accreditation took approximately 18 months and involved a detailed onsite inspection by occupational health specialists. Following the initial award of accreditation, we are required to demonstrate that we have maintained the required standards on an annual basis. A complete review is conducted every five years.

Our accreditation ensures that we are a modern and efficient service which operates in line with best international occupational health practice.

SEQOHS requires audit of procedures for business probity; confidentiality; qualifications, training, experience and supervision of staff; maintenance of facilities and equipment; quality assurance procedures; implementation of national guidelines; relationships with employers and patients, etc.

The use of an occupational health service accredited by SEQOHS provides assurance through independent validation and that the service satisfies the SEQOHS Standards for safety, effectiveness and quality.