Employers are responsible for monitoring and acting upon any health problems that may arise in their employees as a result of work activities.
Health surveillance may be a mandatory responsibility for certain industries where statutory medicals are required; it helps anticipate and prevent health problems that may be caused by work.
A health surveillance programme assesses the health of your workforce and ensures that:
- The hazards and processes that employees are exposed to at work are not affecting their health
- An employee's health is not making them unfit to undertake certain work activities
BHSF Occupational Health's health surveillance and screening programmes are based upon safe operating procedures which are derived from legal requirements, Health and Safety Executive recommendations, industry best practice and Faculty of Occupational Medicine guidance. All health surveillance and screening programmes are overseen by BHSF Occupational Health's Chief Medical Advisor.
Health surveillance and screening may be undertaken by an occupational health technician, an occupational health advisor (nurse) or occupational physician (doctor). All clinicians are appropriately qualified, experienced and supported to undertake health assessments.
BHSF Occupational Health's health surveillance and screening programme includes:
- Completion of a detailed medical questionnaire administered by an occupational health clinician
- Physical examination to include biological sampling (urine, blood), as appropriate
- Escalation for referral to GP/occupational physician/other medical specialist, as appropriate
- Production of outcomes reports to management, individual and group, to satisfy the need for a Health Record (HSE) and any statutory medical reporting requirements
Health surveillance and screening may be undertaken on-site (whole days) or at any of our regional offices (individual appointments available).
BHSF Occupational Health provides a full range of health surveillance and screening, including the following:
- Skin surveillance
- Vision screening
- Lung function (spirometry) testing
- Hearing (audiometry) testing
- Hand arm vibration (HAVs) screening
- Night worker screening
- Fitness to drive assessments - high mileage drivers, DVLA Group 1 and Group 2
- Working at heights
- Fitness testing (Chester Step Test)
- Confined spaces medicals (with or without breathing apparatus)
- Cold room working
- Food handler screening
BHSF Occupational Health has occupational physicians registered with the HSE and HSENI who are able to undertake the following statutory medicals:
- Ionising radiation
- Off-shore working