Health Surveillance

What is health surveillance? 

Health surveillance is a system of monitoring the health of employees and carrying out ongoing health checks to ensure that they are protected and supported when working. When you begin carrying out surveillance, it will help identify any risks early, and also support risk assessments, particularly when working with COSHH. Health Surveillance is required by law, you can find out more information by visiting the HSE website – HERE

Occupational health considers the effect that work may have on health and the effect that health can have on work.

The HSE estimates that 1.4 million people in the UK are currently suffering from an illness caused by, or made worse by their work environment. Ill-health can have a significant impact on productivity within a company, it is estimated that sickness absence costs the UK economy an estimated £15 billion per annum in 2018/2019 and 28.2 million working days were lost 

Key areas why health surveillance is important: 

  • Detecting ill-health at an early stage helps employers establish better controls to prevent   employees getting worse 
  • Provides data to help employers evaluate risks 
  • Enables employees to raise any concerns about how work affects their health 
  • Highlights failures in workplace control measures 
  • Allows additional training and education of employees  

Spirometry

Spirometry assesses the lungs capability in exchanging gases and can detect early signs of lung damage

Skin Surveillance

Occupational skin disease is a common health problem, read more about how you can prevent it here

Audiometry Testing

Regular hearing tests enable workplaces to identify risk and reduce exposure

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Hand-arm vibration is vibration transmitted from work processes into workers' hands and arms

Mobile Health Surveillance Units

Acorns mobile units provide flexible space to conduct health surveillance medicals

Testing for Blood Lead

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