Health and Safety Executive 'health surveillance': what is it?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched new online guidance on ‘health surveillance’ to make it easier for employers to understand their obligations and how they can check and protect their workers’ health.

Health surveillance is a system of health checks that allows for early identification of ill health and helps to identify any corrective action needed. These health checks may be required by law if employees are exposed to noise or vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health. Research shows that past exposure to harmful substances is responsible for an estimated 12,000 deaths a year.

The new guidance has been developed with industry input and seeks to clarify when action is or is not needed…

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