Frequently Asked Questions
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Health surveillance includes activities focussed on individual staff members resulting from the risk assessment that essentially:
- Assist in the prevention of occupational disease.
- Allow the detection of occupational disease as soon as possible.
- Additional reasons for health surveillance are:
- Checking the effectiveness of control measures.
- Providing feedback on the accuracy of risk assessments.
- Identifying and protecting individuals at an increased risk due to personal factors.
What needs to be done and by whom is indicated by the risk assessment. Not all health surveillance is done by managers or Occupational Health professionals. What is involved will be determined by the risks identified. Some health surveillance is legally required by Health & Safety legislation. Other surveillance is recommended by the Health & Safety Executive or just good Occupational Health practice.
If it is identified that there is a particular risk to your health in your work for the University, a risk assessment will be carried out. If this shows a potential risk you the health surveillance process will be started for your role.
The level of risk will vary between different role and different individuals, however, some areas are identified as high risk for all.