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HSE HELP FOR HANDLING HEALTH SURVEILLANCE

New online guidance designed to make HS easier to understand

HSE has published new guidelines on health surveillance (HS) to check and protect workplace health. HS is needed where, despite all precautions being taken, there is still a risk that workers may be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances.

The guidance is intended to make it easier for employers to decide whether their workers need HS how to go about it and how to use the results and replaces HSG61 “Health Surveillance at Work”. 

Some businesses unclear and others could be wasting money

Past exposure to harmful substances at work is responsible for an estimated 12,000 deaths each year.

Paul Beaumont, HSE’s policy lead for health surveillance, said:

“We know from our work with industry that some businesses can be unclear about when health surveillance is needed and how to implement it, so are deterred from taking action. Other companies could be wasting money unnecessarily by implementing it where it’s not needed.

This new guidance, developed with industry, should help take any mystery away and give employers the confidence to know whether or not health surveillance is appropriate. Ultimately, better targeted health surveillance can lead to a healthier workforce and a more productive business.”

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