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Corporate Health provides clients with a free needs assessment providing the most cost-effective solution for effective health surveillance meeting all legal requirements and following best practice. We will only tell you what you need as its mandated.
Our experienced team of health surveillance technicians are experienced and able to detect, act, prevent and protect through health screening tests and health questionnaires, all forming your health surveillance policy. The most commonplace employee health surveillance test are noise, vibration, dust, radiation, compressed air and other hazardous substances.
What is Health Surveillance?
The HSE define health surveillance as "a system of ongoing health checks. These health checks may be required by law for employees who are exposed to noise or vibration, ionising radiation, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health, or work in compressed air.”
Health surveillance is important for:
- detecting ill-health effects at an early stage, so employers can introduce better controls to prevent them getting worse
- providing data to help employers evaluate health risks
- enabling employees to raise concerns about how work affects their health
- highlighting lapses in workplace control measures, therefore providing invaluable feedback to the risk assessment
- providing an opportunity to reinforce training and education of employees (eg on the impact of health effects and the use of protective equipment)
The HSE recommend that "When putting in place a health surveillance programme, avoid blanket coverage for all employees as it can provide misleading results and waste money.”
Remember that health surveillance is a particular legal requirement and should not be confused with:
- activities to monitor health where the effects from work are strongly suspected but cannot be established workplace wellbeing checks, such as promoting healthy living
- fitness to work examinations eg fitness to dive, operate cranes, forklift trucks or health assessments requested by night employees
Your risk assessment should be used to identify any need for health surveillance. You should not use health surveillance as a substitute for undertaking a risk assessment or using effective controls.