Some health and safety regulations require employers to provide health surveillance for their employees.
Managers are responsible for COSHH and risk assessments in their areas and should work in partnership with Occupational Health and Health and Safety to determine if a programme of health surveillance is indicated.
Health surveillance is about systematically watching out for early signs of work-related ill health in employees exposed to certain health risks. It means putting in place certain procedures to achieve this. These procedures may include:
- Simple methods, questionnaires or looking for skin damage on hands from using certain chemicals or wearing latex gloves
- Technical checks on employees, such as hearing tests, lung function tests
- Eye and eyesight tests, via a national opticians using a voucher scheme for anyone who is a regular display screen equipment worker
- Night Worker health assessments
Some health and safety regulations require employers to provide health surveillance for their employees, managers can seek help or advice from the Health and Safety Manager following their department risk or COSHH assessments if required