What is Health Surveillance?

Health Surveillance is about systematically looking out for early signs of work related ill health in employees exposed to certain health risks.

To achieve this, certain steps need to be taken:

  • Simple methods, such as looking for skin damage on hands from using certain chemicals
  • Technical checks on employees, such as hearing tests or lung function tests
  • Regular and frequent medical examinations.

How do you know if you need to introduce Health Surveillance?

The starting point is a risk assessment. Through this you will find out the health hazards in your workplace, identify who is at risk and look at measures to do something to reduce or control the risk. Where the risk remains, then further steps are required, one of which could be Health Surveillance.

But remember! Health Surveillance is not a substitute for controlling health risks at work.

What is the value?

Health Surveillance provides information, which helps to protect employees from illness caused by being exposed to health risks at work. It enables the effective management of risk and promotes a valuable opportunity for feedback from employees and a chance to reinforce health and safety practices.

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