In the UK the main applicable regulation for Health Surveillance is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002. Employers must declare the nature of work, and identify whether an individual might be exposed to a hazard and then assess the duration of potential exposure.
Employers must control any hazards by the:
- Implementation of health and safety management systems
- Risk assessments
- Prevention and control of exposure
- Maintenance, examination and testing of controls
- Information, instruction and training
- Health surveillance (if necessary)
The Occupational Health Company has a comprehensive system of health protection programmes that can support your business. We can train and support a responsible person or we can run a suitable and appropriate low level or high level surveillance programme for your business.
The Occupational Health Company will work with Managers and H&S to develop the correct programme for your business. Health records will be maintained and fitness reports will be provided to the individual and manager following health surveillance. Anonymised group data will also be available to help the business assess the effectiveness of controls.
Health surveillance gives the opportunity for education and all our programmes contain education on the hazard, the early signs of disease and the effective use of PPE.
The Occupational Health Company provides the following health surveillance:
- Hand Arm Vibration
- Biological Monitoring
Health surveillance can either be planned or ad hoc . Planned surveillance varies according to the hazard and risk and to any statutary requirements.
Ad hoc surveillance is required when
- Staff under regular surveillance become aware of possible symptoms of concern
- Employers become aware of symptoms of concern i.e. sick notes
- Potential risk/exposure changes
- Abnormal exposure occurs
- Sickness absence occurs which could be related to the hazard