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 (including Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis and Crystalline Silica 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.