Health and Safety Consultancy Services for SMEs in Birmingham, West Midlands and beyond

Be Aware of Health Risks in Your Business
Posted by David Cant on April 9, 2013
0 Comments

As an employer you must ensure that your workers are not exposed to health risks.  One of the ways to spot problems is health surveillance. The surveillance allows you to spot any problems and apply corrections and new control measures when necessary.  You need to conduct health surveillance if you run a business where employees are exposed to any of the following:

  • Dust
  • Fumes
  • Noise
  • Solvents
  • Biological agents
  • Vibrations
  • Work in compressed air
  • Ionising radiation
  • Deal with any substances that pose health risks

What is Health Surveillance?

To perform health surveillance you need to carry out frequent health checks. This allows you to:

  • Spot health problems early
  • Introduce controls
  • Provide new data that employers can use to evaluate health risks
  • Provides a way for employees to raise their concerns about their health
  • Shows any problems with current control measures which can then be used with risk assessments
  • Reinforces training

If you are unsure as to whether you need to perform health surveillance you should use a risk assessment. The assessment will help you to identify the health risks and those who could have ill health if they are not provided with safe working methods, protection, control measures or continued surveillance.

Each employee should be monitored rather than conducting blanket coverage.  Detailed records need to be kept so the information can be evaluated and health conditions followed to see how they develop or worsen.  Keep details of each employee and the findings of each check that is carried out. Make sure that the details concerning the type of work, tools and risks that are being faced by each employee. Store the records in a safe place and hand over the records if you decide to sell your business on to a new owner and the individual being monitored.

Health and Safety Consultants are there to Help You

If you wish to learn more about the risks that are faced by your employees, conducting risk assessments or health surveillance you can contact your Veritas Consulting Health and Safety Consultants. They will be able to give you the assistance you need to ensure you are in compliance with health and safety laws.

Call 0800 1488 677 and ask about the health and safety services for occupational health and safety.

About 

Director at Veritas Consulting. The SME's favourite go-to consultant for health and safety know-how. Bucket loads of experience. Fluent in practical advice. Solutionist with a brain you can pick.

You can find him across Social media - Twitter and Facebook also Linkedin

This post has been filed in: Health Surveillance

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

(Spamcheck Enabled)

Latest Blog Posts
When employees sabotage their own health and safety When employees sabotage their own health and safety A group of builders has found a loophole in the rules banning shorts on their site... Read More
Could biometric technology help improve construction health and safety Could biometric technology help improve construction health and safety Although it has existed for years, biometrics technology has been restricted to projects requiring the... Read More
5 ways health and safety will make you rich 5 ways health and safety will make you rich There are many excuses given by businesses being prosecuted for health and safety failings, but... Read More
Follow all of the latest Veritas Consulting news on our RSS feed
Shares