Health Surveillance is a statutory requirement and is concerned with the continuous monitoring of the health of an employee to detect the onset of work-related illness. Examples include:
For employees who are regularly exposed to noise above 85db. Audiometry testing is performed and results monitored in accordance with The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. We have our own portable equipment, all we require is a quiet room.
For employees exposed to respiratory sensitisors that could potentially cause occupational asthma. Lung function testing is carried out as per The control of Hazardous Substances Regulations (COSHH) 2005. All equipment and consumables are supplied.
For individuals regularly exposed to maximum exposure limits of vibration and those employees already suffering from HAVS. Control of Vibration at Work regulations 2005.
For employees who are exposed to hazardous substances that could potentially cause skin problems such as occupational dermatitis. Health surveillance is carried out in accordance with The Control of Hazardous Substances Regulations (COSHH) 2005.
The health surveillance required will depend on the type of vehicle. Employers should be able to satisfy themselves that their drivers are fit and healthy to drive safely, so not to put themselves or others at risk. More information can be found in the HSE guidance Driving at Work 2003.
Employees who regularly work between 2200hrs and 0600hrs are classes as night workers. Under The Working Time Regulations 1998, these employees should be offered regular night worker assessment before they start working nights.
This health surveillance is a legal requirement that requires specific fitness standards and requires input from an appointed Occupational health Physician. These include – Ionising Radiation, Regulations 1999, Diving at Work Regulations 1997, Railway Safety Critical Work Regulations 1994, Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002, Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002.
For employees working in confined spaces such as storage tanks, silos and sewers, health surveillance includes a questionnaire, lung function and other appropriate assessment. The confined Space Regulation 1997.
Health Screening involves the establishment of an employee’s health prior to engagement with a task or exposure to a hazard. For more information about health screening.
This is not a legal requirement but health screening should be proactive, preventative, evidence based and determined by risk assessment and approved code of practice. Health Screening is considered ‘good practice’ and an effective way of promoting a healthy lifestyle and the early detection of non-occupational disease, these include:
- Display screen Equipment
- Fork Lift Truck
- Working at Heights
- Food Handling
- Young Workers
- Lone workers
- Home Workers
- New & Expectant Mothers
- Disabled Workers
Communication with Employers
All results and recommendations for further actions as a result of health screening and surveillance are communicated to employee and employer in a prompt written report. In the case of employees not achieving expected results referrals are made to the appropriate medical specialist.
Recalls are entered on a data base that is available to the employer, to assist planning for future health surveillance.
Sickness Absence Management
The productivity and profitability of an organisation can be seriously reduced as a result of employee sickness absence.
Fit2Work can assist in returning employees to work following short term (less then 4 weeks) or long term sickness absence. We can advise on vocational rehabilitation, resettlement or ill health retirement. Employees who are causing concern but still at work can also be referred. Fit2Work offer immediate support, help and advice, keeping the client informed throughout the process.