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What is Health Surveillance

Graham Marshall - Saturday, May 25, 2013
Health surveillance involves a program of early identification of ill health in potentially affected workers and helps identify any corrective action needed. 

There may be a requirement in law for employers to undertake health surveillance  if employees are exposed to hazards such as:

+   Noise or vibration;

+   Chemical solvents;

+   Metallic fumes;

+   Dust or fibrous materials;

+   Bio-hazards; 

+   Other substances hazardous to health; or 

+   Work is undertaken in compressed air. 

The UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) has published new online guidance and guidelines on health surveillance needed where, even after all precautions are taken, there is still a risk that workers may be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances.

Check the new guidelines on the UK HSE website.
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