Health Surveillance Programmes (HSPs) are very different from ‘health screening’ programmes.
HSPs may form part of the employer’s duties under relevant legislation in the UK and Eire such as:
- Management of Health and Safety at Work (1999) Regulations
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (2004) Regulations
- The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005)
- The Control of Asbestos Regulations (2012)
- The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (Eire) including Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2007
Under the above regulations, having identified which of your employees require to be under health surveillance, we can help you implement the appropriate plan subject to the risk involved. As such, this ultimately depends on the level of risk and does not always from the outset require the input of a doctor. For example, with appropriate training a ‘responsible person’ can be trained to screen for skin disorders in some work environments. Thereafter, referral to a nurse may form the next course of action before any consideration is given to referring for medical input.
Health Surveillance is only one aspect of the hierarchy of control measures you as an employer may wish to consider. It will provide you with objective evidence regarding the effectiveness of the control measures in place or otherwise, by assessing the health of your employees periodically. This helps ensure that work is not damaging their health, first and foremost, and with this not leaving you exposed to the potential legal consequences.
We can help you design health surveillance programmes appropriate to the hazard involved, for example noise, dust, vibration, irritants and allergens and stress. We can also provide appropriate vaccination programmes for example Hepatitis B vaccination which is yet another form of health surveillance.