What is Health Surveillance?
Health Surveillance is the physical examination of specific health risks identified within a particular occupation. Health Surveillance is carried out in order to:
Who will require Health Surveillance?
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, Section 8 and Section 22, employees whose occupation retain significant health risks to their health must have appropriate health surveillance.
What types of examinations are required?
Examinations are required that detect and assess systemically the adverse effects on health, for example
Audiometry (hearing tests) for workers exposed to >85dBA
Lung function testing for those exposed to known respiratory sensitising substances
Vision screening for those using VDU for >1hour per day as part of their occupation.
HealthForce Health Surveillance Services:
HealthForce will identify hazards to employee health through the risk assessment process and give advice on health surveillance required accordingly. Our services include the following programmes:
Biological Monitoring Programmes:
Respiratory Surveillance (basic and advanced lung function testing available)
Skin Surveillance Programmes
Visual Examination Programmes
Distance vision testing
Intermediate Vision testing (VDU users)
Near Vision testing
Colour vision testing
Visual field and depth perception testing
What are the benefits to my organisation?
Compliance with Irish Health and Safety legislation and European Directives
Protection of employees
Reduction of occupational illness and injury
Reduced risk of litigation
Reduced insurance premiums
Early identification of health risks
The benefits of health screening can be felt by both the employer and the employee alike. Health screening is an effective way of increasing employee morale, and leads to reduced sickness and levels of absenteeism.
Smoking Cessation Programmes, Carbon Monoxide Lung Analysis, Cardiovascular Risk Assessment, Alcohol Awareness/Risk Assessment, Spirometry, Celiac Testing, Weight and Stress Management.