Health surveillance monitors the effect of work on peoples health.
We can undertake most types of surveillance testing as required by Health and Safety legislation. We have a team of occupational health advisers who are able to visit your premises to carry out the necessary tests. We provide all the documentation including a Health Record form which you will need to keep showing the dates on which the tests have been performed.
The need for health surveillance should arise out of the risk assessment for the exposure. Health surveillance is undertaken where there is a residual risk of a health effect.
The tests required will depend on the particular exposure and the risk assessment but some examples of exposures and frequently performed tests are as follows:
|Work||Exposure||Common Health Risk||Test||Regulation|
|Two pack painting||Isocyanate||Occupational asthma||Pulmonary function||The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations Reg 11(2)b|
|Urine test for metabolites of isocyanate *||The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations Reg 10|
|Road breaking||Noise||Noise induced hearing loss||Audiometry||The Noise at Work Regulations 2005|
|Vibration||Hand arm vibration syndrome||Tiered scheme for health surveillance||The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005|
|GRP lamination(fibreglass)||Styrene||Central nervous system||Urine test for mandelic acid (a metabolite of styrene)||The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations|
|Cadmium plating||Cadmium||Renal damage
Renal function test
|The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations|
|Work with certain radioactive materials||Ionising Radiations||Multiple organ damage||Statutory medical examination by an HSE Appointed Doctor||The Ionising Radiations Regulations|
|Stripping old paint containing lead||Lead||Nervous system, blood, kidney damage||Statutory medical examination by an HSE Appointed Doctor includes Blood lead and ZPP tests||The Control of Lead at Work Regulations|
|Statutory medical examination by an HSE Appointed Doctor||The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations|