Health Surveillance

Health surveillance in many cases is a legal requirement and is a systematic process to identify early signs of work related ill health in employees exposed to certain health risks. All our health surveillance services are nurse led, and our services can be provided onsite or via our taunton based clinic. If it is identified that further specialist interventions are required from an occupational health physician we can provide details of locally trusted services.

Health surveillance services provided include:

AUDIOMETRY (Hearing tests) – these must be provided where action levels have been assessed to be at an action level of 85dBA or above or at the lower action level of 80dBA where employees have requested it or have a hearing condition/issue. Hearing tests can be completed by SOH vanilla – Occupational Health onsite causing minimal disruption to business operations.

HAND ARM VIBRATION (HAVS)  – The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations stipulate that employers must complete health surveillance to any employees who are likely to be regularly exposed to vibration in the course of their work. E.g: Forestry, Fabricators, Construction workers.

All HAVS assessments are carried out by appropriately qualified nurses with specialist qualifications in hand arm vibration. Any employees identified with possible HAVS symptoms will be advised to refer for a formal diagnosis with an Occupational Health Physician, as stipulated in the regulations.

SPIROMETRY (lung function tests) – Spirometry is carried out to comply with The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). It must be completed where employees are exposed to substances and/or processes where occupational asthma is a known problem. E.g: Isocyanates, metal working fluids, flour and grain dust, wood dust, latex, rosin-cored solder fume, glues and resins. Onsite lung function tests can be carried out to minimise any business disruption.

DERMATOLOGICAL (skin check) – The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) state a skin check is required where employees are working with chemicals, substances or irritants where dermatitis is a known problem. E.g: Construction work, printing, paint spraying, agriculture, cleaning, catering, hairdressing etc. Onsite skin checks can be carried out to keep business disruption to a minimum.