When Is Health Surveillance Necessary?

Workplace Risk Assessments

Employers have a duty to carry out health surveillance when any employee is at risk from hazardous substances covered by Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations 2002.

These include:

  • Substances known to cause dermatitis and occupational asthma
  • A wide variety of solvents, chemicals, fumes, dusts and biological agents hazardous to health
  • Asbestos and lead
  • Compressed air
  • Ionizing radiation
  • Noisy environment
  • Vibrating tools or equipment
  • Diving
  • Nightshift work
Workplace Risk Assessments

While having a general duty to carry out health surveillance under Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, employers must undertake specific health checks where workers are exposed to the hazards.

HSE Leaflet for Employers INDG 250 Introducing Health Surveillance [PDF]

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