Health surveillance and screening

About health surveillance

Health surveillance is the process of ensuring the early detection of work related ill health through routine medical checks. Whilst existing health and safety control measures are designed to prevent ill health, the surveillance can identify those who are still at risk and require further measures to protect their health.

Who needs health surveillance

Risk assessments identify hazards in the workplace and where appropriate will establish whether health surveillance is required.

What health surveillance involves

Your health surveillance programme is tailored to take account of the risks identified within your specific working role. How often you are seen will depend on your screening results, you will be notified of the frequency.

You will be advised of what screening is necessary before your appointment, but it may involve:

  • general health assessment
  • blood pressure/pulse measurement
  • urine test
  • height and weight
  • inspection of hands incorporating a skin assessment
  • hearing test (audiometry)
  • vision testing
  • lung function test
  • hand and arm vibration screening
After the screening

Your screening results will always be explained to you at the end of your appointment. If adverse changes are identified you may be asked to see an Occupational Health Nurse Advisor or physician. It may be necessary to send your screening results to your GP and your consent will always be requested. A fitness certificate will be sent to your manager to advise of any action necessary and if further screening is required.

About health screening

Health screening is the process of ensuring that you meet specific criteria and standards prior to starting your role. Unlike health surveillance these are usual one off checks set by the employer or other governing body.