Health Surveillance

What Is Health Surveillance

1.4 million workers are currently suffering from work-related ill health in the UK (in 2017/18), 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 health and safety and risk assessments have been completed (and shouldn’t be in place of a risk assessment). Health surveillance (or occupational health surveillance) ensures that all the necessary measures have been taken to reduce the risk, so you can protect your employees to the best of your ability.

Health surveillance is carried out in order to show that the measures you have 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 put together a more comprehensive health surveillance policy, and implement measures that do work. Simply contact us to arrange your consultation.

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 and safety
  • Highlight any areas workplace safety and 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 and safety impacts they may face.

The Law On Health Surveillance & Health and Safety

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 your business complies by getting in touch with our Derby based team today.

How We Ensure Workplace Safety

We provide health surveillance services 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 us to fully understand your environment, and the risk this poses. The health surveillance process usually takes up to an hour.

Health Surveillance at Work: Protect Your Business

You should minimise your risk of litigation by getting your employees to undergo occupational 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. We help you to put the right healthy surveillance policies in place to prevent repeated absences, helping you to increase productivity, and ultimately helps your employees to work better, healthier and more safely.

How David Barber Occupational Health Can Help

We can help ensure that you remain fully compliant with all workplace and governmental laws that surround health surveillance in the workplace, whilst getting you the results you require. Contact us to discuss your requirements and we’ll help ensure your workplace remains safe and healthy.

Online Management System

One of the many benefits we offer at David Barber Occupational Health is the use of our online management system. You will be able to access your reports from our various services and tests for each of your employees. The online system we use ensures all of your data is secured, only accessible to you via a unique login and has ISO accredited security standards. Find out more about our client system by emailing us.

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

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FAQs

The guidelines from HSE say a ‘responsible person’ can be elected to manage your health surveillance, but when it comes to more serious hazards it is often more effective and much safer to use an Occupational Health Provider like us. We are all fully trained and qualified to manage and protect against any kind of danger your employees could be put in during their job.

Without proper health surveillance, your employees are exposed to dangers that could have serious consequences on their working abilities and as such, your business as a whole is subject to the risk. As an employer, it is your moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of employees whilst in your care at work. Health surveillance is the answer to this responsibility as it helps to put procedures in place that keep employees safe whilst at work.

Health Surveillance is the practice of recognising, understanding and protecting against any kind of risk or danger to your employee’s health. From creating risk assessment to regular testing on employees to monitor and improve pre-existing or new problems with employee health.

Health Surveillance is required by all businesses that expose employees to noise, vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents, compressed air and any other substances that could be deemed hazardous to their health and wellbeing. However, providing health surveillance even when it’s not required by law can keep employees healthier and happier which is always a bonus for your business!

The clue is in the name, health surveillance is a series of relevant and on-going checks and tests to ensure employee health isn’t being negatively affected because of their job role. Here at David Barber Occupational Health, we do checks around: audiometry, lung function, skin surveillance, HAVS, working time and more.

If an employee works with noise, vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents or compressed air on a regular basis they are definitely at risk. Other signs include regular absence, complaints of feeling unwell, noticeable physical changes like shaking and scarring or cuts. If you are at all unsure if your employees need health surveillance, get in touch with our expert team.

The records are kept on a confidential data base. The reports are released to management to help to ensure that their risk assessment remains appropriate.

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