What exactly is health surveillance?
Health surveillance isn’t just an annual assessment, but an ongoing system of health checks for employees exposed to a specific hazard, e.g. noise, vibration, solvents etc.
It is required where –
- There is an identifiable disease or health condition related to the work
- Valid techniques exist to detect indications of disease
- There is a reasonable likelihood that the work may cause disease
- Surveillance is likely to further the protection of the worker.
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.
More information can be found on the HSE website here http://www.hse.gov.uk/health-surveillance/