Health surveillance is a system of ongoing health checks. These health checks may be required by law for employees who are exposed to noise or vibration, ionising radiation, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health, or work in compressed air.
Health surveillance is important for:
detecting ill-health effects at an early stage, and ensure better controls to prevent them getting worse
providing data to help employers evaluate health risks
enabling employees to raise concerns about how work affects their health
highlighting lapses in workplace control measures, therefore providing invaluable feedback to the risk assessment
providing an opportunity to reinforce training and education of employees (e.g. on the impact of health effects and the use of protective equipment)
Risk assessments should be used to identify any need for health surveillance. Health surveillance should not be used as a substitute for undertaking a risk assessment or using effective controls.
Health surveillance does not reduce the need to eliminate or manage health risks.
When is health surveillance conducted?
Criteria for conducting health surveillance includes when:
an individual being exposed to a hazardous substance that is linked to an identifiable disease of adverse health effect
there is reasonable chance that the disease or adverse health effect may occur under the conditions of work
there are valid techniques of detecting the disease or adverse health effect
Statutory Health Surveillance provided by Health Matters includes:
Hand Arm Vibration Surveillance
Employers often choose to incorporate Fitness to Work Assessments within Health Surveillance programmes, examples include:
Night Worker Assessments
Safety Critical Worker Assessments
Other Industry-specific or statutory assessments
We can make recommendations and create a Health Surveillance programme based on the specific needs of a business. Depending on the size and requirements of the business, periodic Health Surveillance programmes can be carried out on site or within one of our regional clinic locations.
We will deliver clear and concise management advice, helping your organisation safeguard its most valuable resource.