Health Surveillance

Health Surveillance

We will carry out test to ensure that your staff are fit and healthy to work.

We have a number of services designed to make sure that your workforce is in good shape and healthy to work to a high standard, allowing you the peace of mind to know that they are prepared to carry out a good job.

Our tests include occupational dermatitis and skin checks, spirometry (lung function) tests for people working with hazardous substances that could cause asthma, audiometry (hearing tests) for those identified as being exposed to noise, night workers' medicals, driver and lift-truck driver medicals, and DSE and ergonomic assessments. These are important for any business, large or small, to take care of their workers' health and wellbeing. Without these checks in place, a number of professions could carry a high risk, even a simple desk job.

Night Worker Assessments
Under the Working Time Directive (1999) there is a requirement for all workers to be offered a health assessment. Whilst there is a duty on employers to offer the assessments, engagement by the worker is purely on a voluntary basis.

Assessments, Ergonomic and Workplace Reviews
Musculoskeletal disorders/injury account for between 20% and 40% of sickness absence, yet sickness absence can be significantly reduced or avoided with early intervention and objective assessment. Risk factors causing MSDs can be found in virtually every workplace from commerce to agriculture, health services to construction. An estimated 11.6 million working days a year are lost to work-related MSDs.

The HSE state the key messages about MSDs are: that you can do things to prevent or minimise MSDs; that the prevention measures are cost effective; that you cannot prevent all MSDs, so early reporting of symptoms, proper treatment and suitable rehabilitation is essential.

At GOHS we can support you in reviewing your DSE current process and advise on cost effective, yet efficient escalation procedures which may include DSE assessors training.  In addition, we can offer specialist ergonomic reviews on an individual and on a specific workplace/environmental basis.

Safety Critical Workers
Safety Critical Workers (SCW) are defined as workers "where the ill health of an individual may compromise their ability to undertake a task defined as Safety Critical thereby posing a significant risk to the health and safety to others. Examples include crane drivers, plant operatives, forklift drivers, banksmen, slingers and signallers:-

• All mobile plant operators;
• Hi-speed road workers;
• Asbestos licensed workers;
• Tunnellers or those working in confined spaces;
• Task carried out at Heights where collective preventative measures to control risks are not practicable;
• Other identifies from risk assessments.

We offer medicals to ensure your staff are fit for purpose and able to work on construction sites by providing a safety critical worker medical certificates stating their fitness for work and in compliance with the Constructing Better Health Standards.

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a widespread condition in many industries and occupations. HAV exposure at work can arise from the use of hand-held power tools, hand-guided machinery and hand-fed machines (such as pedestal grinders). Prolonged and regular exposure to this vibration can affect the operator’s health. Health surveillance for HAVS should be carried out by competent persons and who received training in HAVS assessments; GOHS staff has completed the Faculty of Occupational Medicine HAVS course.

Lung Function Testing
The COSHH Regulations 2002, and Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1999 require all employers to make an assessment of the risks of any employees liable to be exposed to agents which may affect their health, including respiratory sensitisers, irritants and carcinogens. The risks should be controlled and monitored and, where appropriate, health surveillance should be undertaken
We can undertake:

Lung functions test carried out at your work site
• Confidential data management and reporting to employee and employer, with employee consent
• Worker education at time of test
• Records retained in line with statute (40 years)

Audiometry
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 requires employers to prevent or reduce risk to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. One of the regulations requires you as an employer to carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to health. A risk assessment and/or noise survey results will identify those individuals at risk of exposure to noise and the groups of staff that will require Audiometric health surveillance.

We can undertake;
Hearing (Audiometric) test carried out at your work site
• Confidential data management and reporting to employee and employer, with employee consent
• Worker education at time of test
• Records retained in line with statute (40 years)

Skin Assessments
Occupational skin diseases are very common. Repeated contact with skin sensitisers and/or irritants can lead to dermatitis.