3. Consult workers about health surveillance

You must consult your workers and their representatives. Health surveillance only works with their co-operation. Consultation can help increase worker’s commitment to health surveillance and compliance with control measures.

Ask workers what they think the health hazards are in your workplace. They can:

  • help you identify workplace risks
  • make sure your controls are practical

Make sure workers understand:

  • the systems you have put in place to control identified risks and your health surveillance scheme
  • why health surveillance is important and what it is for
  • what will happen if ill health is identified
  • they can attend health surveillance appointments during work time, and you as the employer must pay for the surveillance
  • their own duties in law (for example they must attend appointments)
  • what action you may take if they refuse to attend appointments

Find out more about consulting workers.

Updated 2021-03-31