Why the need for Health Surveillance?
In order to meet, and demonstrate that you are meeting, the duty of care towards your employees, it is recommended that employers provide an appropriate health surveillance programme. Under theВ Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 , and other specific regulations such as the COSHH 2002 and the Working Time Regulations 1998 etc, employers must ensure that their employees are provided with appropriate health surveillance in relation to significant retained risks identified from risk assessments.
For example, someone who is working in a noisy environment would benefit from annual audiometric testing.
What are the benefits to the employee?
- Assess the employees fitness for work,
- Monitor their health at work,
- Assist with identification of potential health problems before they become chronic,
- Check the effectiveness of current control measures,
- Provide feedback to the organisation and
- Identify and protect the health of individuals at increased risk.
What if a problem is identified?
If problems are identified, referral for further assessment will be made, as appropriate, to the individuals General Practitioner.
What are the benefits to your organisation?
- Compliance with health surveillance requirements within Health and Safety Legislation.
- Enhanced health and well being of the workforce leading to increased productivity.
- Potential reduction on insurance premiums.
- Reduction in sickness absence.
It is always important to remember that your employees are your most important asset. A healthy workforce leads to higher morale, greater productivity and reduction in sickness absence.