Employee Health Surveillance and Medicals
Providing health and business benefits beyond legal compliance
Workplace health surveillance is a regulatory requirement. It involves watching out for early signs of work-related ill health in employees who are exposed to certain health risks which have the potential to cause harm to people.
Risk assessment is the starting point for health surveillance. Through this process, it is possible to identify the health hazards in your workplace, who is at risk, and then take measures to control these risks.
If 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.
Employee Health Checks
We have extensive experience in delivering cost-effective employee health checks to assist employers in meeting the pre-requisite safety and legal obligations. We are able to provide:
- Alcohol tests
- Drug tests
- Ergonomic assessments
- Food handling checks (see also Pre-Employment Assessment)
- Hearing tests
- Lung function screening tests
- Lung symptoms questioning
- Skin inspections
Regular health checks may be required by law for employees who are exposed to work-related factors, such as noise, vibration, ionising radiation, solvents, fumes, dust, biological agents, asbestos, lead, work in compressed air and other substances hazardous to health.
Specialist Risk Assessments and Medicals
We also provide specialist risk assessments and medicals including:
- Confined working space medicals
- Drivers’ medicals
- Forklift truck driving medicals
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
- Night worker assessments
- Working at height assessments
New and Expectant Mothers Risk Assessments
If you are notified that an employee is pregnant, breastfeeding, or has given birth within the last six months, you should check your organisation’s workplace risk assessment to see if any new risks have arisen. If risks are identified you should take appropriate and reasonable action to reduce, remove or control them.
Your workplace risk assessment should already consider any risk to female employees of childbearing age and, in particular, risk to new and expectant mothers, such as working condition or the use of physical, chemical or biological agents. While it is a legal obligation for employers to regularly review general workplace risks, there is actually no legal requirement to conduct a specific, separate risk assessment for new and expectant mothers.
Food Handler Risk Assessments
The term food handler mainly refers to people who directly touch food as part of their work. They can be employed or agency staff. However, it also includes anyone who may touch food contact surfaces, or other surfaces in rooms where open food is handled. People who work around open food while suffering from certain infections (mainly from bacteria and viruses) can contaminate the food or surfaces the food may come into contact with. This can spread infection to other people through the food.
A specific food handler pre-employment questionnaire enables us to assess the suitability of the candidate for a role in your company.
Reports and Fit for Work Certificates
We aim to provide you with reports and Fit for Work certificates within 72 hours.
We can provide managers with Policy Development guidance regarding best practice to help prevent the spread of any infection by advising which illnesses and symptoms staff should report and what managers should do in response.