Health surveillance is about systematically looking out for signs of work-related ill health in employees exposed to certain health risks as part of their working role. Every job has an element of risk, but some more so than others.
Staff starting new jobs in positions that may have an increased risk will be risk assessed by their line manager and if appropriate referred to OH for baseline health surveillance. This may include some or all of the following;
- Lung function test
- Hearing test
- Skin assessment
- Hand/Arm vibration assessments (HAVs)
- Forklift truck medical
- Confined space medical
- Working at heights medical
- Night-worker assessment
- Post COSHH risk assessment appointment
- Blood tests where biological hazards exist
Members of staff requiring any of the above services and who have not been identified through the health risk assessment process should discuss the matter with their line manager who will advise which of the following questionnaires should be completed and returned to OH.