Health surveillance allows for early identification of ill health and helps identify any corrective action needed. Health surveillance may be required by law if your employees are exposed to noise or vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health, or work in compressed air.
Various strategies and methods are used depending on the nature of the hazards associated with the work being undertaken and the working environment. Health surveillance involves systematically monitoring for early signs of work related ill health in employees who are exposed to certain health hazards. Robust procedures are required to achieve this, and it is a requirement by law, where there is a detectable disease associated with a particular type of work.
Examples of health surveillance procedures include:
Objectives of a health surveillance programme
Health surveillance programmes have very specific objectives which usually include:
What types of work may require Health Surveillance?
There are many types of work where health surveillance may be appropriate but in general they all include significant exposure to one or more of the following:
Having identified any hazards, the criteria applied for conducting such health surveillance will be:
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