Here you will find information on what health surveillance is and who can perform it
Use the links below to find information on what health surveillance is, who can perform it, your legal duties and much more.
As well as occupational health specialists, employees can carry out their own health surveillance.
On this page you will find information about the role of a responsible person in self assessments.
Self assessment involves employees checking themselves for signs or symptoms of ill health. They are only carried out effectively when employees have been properly trained. They need to know what to look for and to report symptoms to a responsible person.
An example would be an employee noticing and reporting symptoms on their hands and arms such as
This could be because they work with substances that can irritate or damage the skin.
Inform your employees on the benefits of early self reporting of any signs and symptoms in relation to their health. This helps with
You can find out more about the role of the responsible person on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) site.
Visit the HSE site to find out about the role of the responsible person
Health assessments, while not a legal requirement, can be carried out by an occupational health professional by
It can advise you regarding the employee's health. It also makes recommendations on what adjustments could be made to support a safe and healthy working environment for them. It can be used as an assessment of their fitness for work.
It can also be used to detect early onset of health issues within various groups of employees, including those who are
There are legal obligations for medical records regarding their
A confidential medical record is personal to the employee. It keeps information about their health during employment. It can include
Before tests take place, it should be clearly established in what form the results will be presented and who will receive them.
Medical records are classed as sensitive personal data according to the
Data Protection Act 1998. As such, they cannot be processed or accessed without the written consent of the employee. This permission should also identify the specific person to which the medical information can be disclosed. This includes records that are kept by a third party, for example an external occupational health provider.
The amount of information to be passed on to management by medical staff should be established. It should be no more than an opinion as to the employee's suitability to carry out the designated job. Any more medical information than this can only be disclosed with written consent from the employee
If any non medical staff have access to records, their terms and conditions of employment must have strict confidentiality clauses.
Medical records and details of occupational exposure should be maintained by the occupational health advisor or physician. Under the
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, health records must be kept for at least 40 years from the date of the last entry. Records should be kept even if the employee leaves or retires.
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