Health Surveillance

What Is Health Surveillance

1.3 million workers are currently suffering from work-related ill health (in 2016/17), which only goes to highlight the importance of implementing health surveillance in the workplace. Health surveillance requires a series of health checks over a prolonged period of time. These checks are only carried out after risk assessments have been completed (and shouldn’t be in place of a risk assessment). Health surveillance ensures that all the necessary measures have been taken to reduce the risk, so you can protect your employees to best of your ability.

Health surveillance is carried out in order to show that the measures in place to reduce risk are effective. Alternatively, if current measures you have implemented aren’t working, health surveillance can identify this and our team can help you implement measures that do work.

What Is Health Surveillance Important For?

  • Detecting ill-health effects at an early enough stage that measures can be put in place to effectively reduce and manage these risks
  • Providing employers with the right data to help them to evaluate health risks in the workplace
  • Giving employees the opportunity to raise any concerns about how their work is affecting their health
  • Highlight any areas where control measures need to be improved
  • Educating employees on the importance of using protective equipment that is supplied to them, and if they choose not to follow procedure the health impacts they may face.

The Law On Health Surveillance

Health surveillance is required by law for businesses that expose employees to the following:

  • Noise or vibration
  • Ionising radiation
  • Solvents
  • Fumes
  • Dusts
  • Biological agents and other substances hazardous to health
  • Working in compressed air

The HSE specifies that if you expose employees to hazards, you must reduce the risk as far as reasonably practicable. Make sure you comply by getting in touch today.

How David Barber Occupational Health Can Help

We provide surveillance in the following areas and the appropriate legislation is listed;

  • Audiometry – Noise at work regulations
  • Lung function testing – COSHH regulations
  • Forklift medical, mobile plant and company driver surveillance – Mobile plant regulations
  • Skin surveillance – COSHH regulations
  • Hand-arm vibration (industrial white finger) – HAVS regulations
  • Pre-placement health surveillance – Noise at work, COSHH and working time directive if night shift worker
  • Night shift worker – Working time directive

Health surveillance usually takes place on customer sites, making it most convenient for you and helps for us to fully understand your environment, and the risk this poses. The health surveillance process usually takes up to an hour.

Protect Your Business

You should minimise your risk of litigation by getting your employees to undergo health surveillance on employment, and throughout their career. Our findings can help provide you with the reassurance that the measures you have in place to control risks are effective. Furthermore, this helps to prevent repeated absences, helping you to increase productivity, and ultimately helps your employees to work better, healthier and more safely.

Get in touch to see how David Barber Occupational Health can help your workplace with professional health surveillance services.

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