Health Surveillance is the systematic approach to monitoring the health of an individual over a period of time.
Depending on the environment, there are a number of health checks that may be monitored including exposure to noise, vibration, ionising radiation, solvents, fumes, dust, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health.
Health Surveillance is often a legal requirement in a workplace where an employee is exposed to one or more of these elements. Under legislation, all Health Surveillance records will be retained for a minimum of 30 years with reports provided in accordance with legislative requirements.
Depending on the specifics of each work environment, our Specialised Services Division will recommend a selection of tests to collect the necessary information such as:
- Pathology – blood
- Spirometry – lung function
- Audiometry – hearing function
- Biochemical – kidney or liver function.
The employer plays a pivotal role when implementing health surveillance and will oversee every aspect of the employee’s involvement. The process may vary, but will generally resemble the following steps:
- Is Health Surveillance needed?
- What sort of Health Surveillance is needed?
- Development schedule for testing according to needs
- Identify who will undertake the tests Implementing Health Surveillance Manage performance and interpret the results.
- If needed, act upon the results Assess risk and controls.