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Loughborough University

Human Resources

Health surveillance

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Health Surveillance

Health surveillance is carried out to look for  health conditions which can arise as a result of work.  The purposes of health surveillance are:

  1. to enable early identification and diagnosis of work related conditions in individuals, so that additional measures can be out in place to prevent deterioration and promote recovery (where a valid scientific test exists for this purpose)
  2. to check whether general measures put in place to prevent work related health are adequate
  3. to create an opportunity for training and education of employees regarding the risk of specific work-related conditions
  4. to create an opportunity for individuals to discuss concerns about work related ill-health

Further details on Health Surveillance carried out at Loughborough University is shown below.

NB: it is the responsibility of the Line Manager to ensure all risks are adequately assessed and that OH is notified of anyone that may require Health Surveillance (as below). Health Surveillance is NOT a substitute for adequate risk assessment or other control measures that should be in place to mitigate the risk to the individual.

Hazard

Type of work involved

Surveillance carried out

Noise

Work which exposes the user to noise levels exceeding 85dBA (averaged over a working day)

Hearing tests carried out:

-New starter

-annually for 2 years (i.e. 3 times) then every 3 years thereafter

Vibration

Work which exposes the user to vibration exceeding an average of 2.5 m/s2

-New starter questionnaire, with follow up face to face assessment where indicated

-Annual questionnaire, with follow up face to face assessment where indicated

Respiratory sensitisers

Potential exposure to known sensitisers such as isocycantes, flour etc.  Sensitisers are identified by the risk phrase e.g. “R42- potential to cause sensitisation by inhalation” on the COSHH assessment or data sheet

Low risk – new starter lung function testing, followed by annual questionnaire
Higher risk – new starter lung function, followed by further testing at 6 – 12 weeks, 6 months, and annually thereafter.

Individual has personal responsibility for raising any issues in between times to their manager, Health and Safety adviser or OH

Skin sensitisers or irritants

Potential exposure to skin sensitisers or irritants, identified by COSHH assessment or data sheets. ‘Wet work’ i.e. involving prolonged submersion in water or the need for frequent handwashing

Questionnaire and visual skin check as above for respiratory.

Individual has personal responsibility for raising any issues in between times to their manager, Health and Safety adviser or OH

 Asbestos- "Notifiable Non Licensed Work" (NNLW)

Any worker who has been trained to undertake NNLW work and identified as at risk aunder the 'Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012'.

-Initial lung function and medical examination with the OH Physician

- 3 yearly after that


Updated by: Tim Ellis, RN, SPCHN (OH)- University Occupational Health Advisor

August 2014

occupationalhealth@lboro.ac.uk

 

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