Health surveillance is about monitoring for work-related ill-health in employees exposed to identified health risks at work. The exposure risk is determined by carrying out a risk assessment on the work that is being done and identifying the need for health surveillance under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (2005). Health surveillance requires procedures to be put in place in order to ensure the health, safety and well being of University’s employees; to enable the University to meet its statutory obligations and to assess the effectiveness of all control measures. These procedures may include:
· Simple methods such as introducing checks for skin damage from chemicals
· Technical methods such as hearing tests for exposure to noise from work processes
· Medical examinations for particular work involving the use of radiation
Occupational Health Service provide the following health surveillance programmes to assist the Head of Departments’ to meet their statutory obligations and prevent work related ill health amongst their employees.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)