What is Health surveillance?
Health surveillance is a regulatory requirement and involves systematically watching out for early signs of work-related ill health in employees exposed to certain health risks which have the potential to cause harm.
How do I know whether I should introduce health surveillance?
The starting point is your risk assessment. Through this, you should identify the health hazards in your workplace, who is at risk and then take measuresto control these risks.
Where risks remain, you will need to take further steps, one of which is to consider health surveillance. But remember that health surveillance is not a substitute for controlling health risks at work.
What’s the solution?
Medwyn Occupational Health has extensive experience in delivering cost-effective health surveillance screening programmes to assist employers in meeting their safety and legal obligations.
We are able to provide:
- Technical checks such as lung function and audiometry (hearing) testing
- Skin inspections
- Food handling
- Confined working space medicals
- Fork lift truck driving medicals
- Night worker assessments
- Working at height medicals
- Display screen equipment and ergonomic assessments
- Drug and alcohol screening
The requirements of an effective health surveillance strategy are outlined by the following regulations:
- The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
- The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999.
- Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2006.
- Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.
- The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
- Confined Space Regulations 2007
- Safety in Working with Lift Trucks 2000
- Working at Height regulations (as amended) 2005
Medwyn Occupational Health is able to work with employers to develop a range of compliant and workable health and safety policies tailored to your workplace and the occupational hazards that your employees may encounter for example working at height, driving, paint spraying and overseas travel.
We can also help you with general workforce wide policies relating to
- Anxiety and depression
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Work station assessments
- Long term absence