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.
Health surveillance is any activity that involves getting information about an employees' health to help protect them from health risks at work. Some are required by law (health surveillance) and others are carried out as good practice (health checks).
Workplace control measures may not always be totally reliable. Carrying out health surveillance can help make sure that any potential ill health effects are detected as early as possible.
It is not a substitute for other measures to control exposure such as
All other measures to protect workers should be tried first.
Some professions require statutory medicals which are not detailed here, such as
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have guidance on statutory medical examinations.
The purpose is to maintain and protect the health and safety of employees. This is by early detection of adverse changes to health as a result of workplace exposures. This can help you
This film shows various professionals speaking about employers’ responsibility to manage occupational health conditions.
Some employees may need to take part in a health surveillance programme as part of their existing contract. This could include baseline (recorded at the start of employment), ongoing and exit health surveillance. It may also be required as a result of
potential hazardous exposures at work.
It can include various types of tests.
Health surveillance may be appropriate if
You can find out whether your organisation needs health surveillance by using the decision making map on the HSE site.
Visit the HSE site to find out if your organisation needs health surveillance
Where specific medical examinations are involved, establish the medical personnel’s knowledge and expertise in these areas. They should be aware of the working environment. You also need to establish who will be responsible for interpreting the results.
Occupational health personnel can include
They can perform health assessments and carry out medical examinations. They may also carry out
Employees may be able to help if they are
They can organise and carry out basic health checks such as questionnaires.
You can download our health surveillance employer’s pack for more information.
Go to our health surveillance employer’s pack publication
The starting point is to carry out a risk assessment. This will help identify
If you find that your employees’ health may be at risk, you are advised to update or review your risk assessments and put control measures in place.
Find out how to carry out a risk assessment
A common reason for carrying out health surveillance is due to potential exposure to hazardous substances that could be damaging to health. These can be
You can find out more about this in our
hazardous substances guide.
You can find out more about health surveillance on the HSE website.
Visit the HSE site to find out more about health surveillance
For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, contact your local health board team