Many companies undertake activities that despite their best efforts can pose hazards to their employees' health. These can take the form of many things, from noise to dusts, chemicals, radiation, stress, musculoskeletal disorders and many others.

English legislation requires that companies undertake risk assessments for all their activities and where a risk to health is identified, that risk should ideally be eliminated, substituted for something less hazardous, engineered to reduce exposure levels, employees should have information instruction and training and finally, personal protective equipment issued.

Health Surveillance Vs Health Screening - There IS a Difference

There are specific regulations that require employers to carry out health surveillance. These include:

  • Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Working Time Regulations 1998 (as amended)
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006
  • Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002

Health Surveillance for compliance purposes covers such things as drivers' medicals, hearing tests, lung function testing, skin surveillance and biological monitoring. Other more stringent health surveillance regulations cover such substances as lead, asbestos and radiation. These generally have to be overseen by a Health & Safety Executive approved Occupational Physician. These sets of regulations also place a duty on the employee to co-operate with their employer and attend for any health surveillance arranged.

Health surveillance is a legal requirement, and looks for changes in an employee's health status.

Health screening, which is classed as 'good practice', looks for existing health conditions e.g. at the new starter stage.

Both Health surveillance and health screening can assist when looking at the implications of the Equality act 2010 in order to make timely and necessary reasonably practicable workplace adjustments.

Why Health Surveillance?

  • Loss control
  • Identify systems failures
  • Reassurance of employees & their employers
  • Identify susceptible individuals
  • Evidence
  • With cause
  • Quality requirement (NDT vision testing)
  • Time lines of legal responsibility
  • Ethical reasons
  • Legal reasons
Other forms of non statutory health screening include such things as lifestyle initiatives and drug & alcohol testing - please see the appropriate sections of this web site.

All Safe OH & S can offer site based statutory health surveillance including:

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