Health surveillance

Health surveillance at work

Health Surveillance

There is a requirement under health and safety law for work activities to be risk assessed.  The risk assessment process helps to identify hazards (activities that could cause harm to health), consider who could be harmed and how, consider the level of risk and decide on suitable control measures that minimise the risk. 

An employer needs to do everything reasonably practicable to protect people from harm.  Your line-manager should notify you of any potentially hazardous exposures in your role and also inform you of ways of protecting you from harm (control measures).  It is your duty as an employee to comply with control measures, engage in any required statutory health surveillance programme and let your employer know of any concerns about workplace hazards. As an employee, you should also inform your employer of any health concerns related to your work.

Health surveillance is about having procedures in place to detect work-related ill health at an early stage and acting on the results.  The need for health surveillance is based on the workplace risk assessments relating to your role at the University.  Health surveillance may be required by law if you are exposed to noise or vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health, or work in compressed air.

The Health Surveillance Standard outlines a manager’s responsibilities for assessing the roles of those in their team, identifying any health surveillance needs (Health Surveillance Needs Assessment) and referring individuals to the Occupational Health Service for health surveillance assessment (Health Surveillance/Health Monitoring Registration form).

If you have any questions about the health surveillance programme, please contact Occupational Health at occupationalhealth@exeter.ac.uk