People and Organisational Development

Support & well-being

Occupational Health and Wellbeing Service

Health surveillance

‌To view the Health Surveillance Policy, please click here - Health Surveillance Policy

What should I expect when I am asked to attend the Occupational Health and Wellbeing department for a health surveillance or fitness to work medical?

You will have been sent an appointment and a form from the Occupational Health Team to complete prior to your appointment.  The medical is conducted by an Occupational Health Advisor who is a qualified nurse with additional OH qualifications.

The type of medical you are invited to depends on the job you do and is based upon the risk assessments in your department.

For example, health surveillance is legislative under the Health and Safety at Work Act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, Asbestos Regs, Noise at Work Regs etc.  Medical monitoring is required to ensure that the work you are doing is not affecting your health.  Examples of this may be:

Skin checks, Lung function testing, hearing tests, other monitoring due to the chemicals or dust you use or the environment you work in – this often includes blood or urine tests.

A fitness for work medical is necessary for safety critical aspects of a job and you need to be fit enough to undertake the tasks you need to do for example: driving a vehicle for the job, working at heights, entering confined spaces.

We undertake a variety of tests: height; weight; blood pressure measuring; grip strength measuring; checking your flexibility and range of movement; spirometry; audiometry and vision checks

You will be asked when you enter the department to use a face covering and clean your hands with sanitising gel and socially distance due to the Covid 19 safety.  We also have screens in place for everyone’s safety.

The medicals can take up to 45-60 minutes to complete depending on your answers to any questions and the monitoring and testing required.

All Occupational Health records are kept confidentially on an electronic system and recall information is stored in the iTrent system so we know when your medical is due.