Set up and design health surveillance according to need
Where health surveillance is required, the employer has a central role in every stage of health surveillance – as demonstrated by the health surveillance cycle.
When setting up health surveillance arrangements, it is important to involve your employees and their representatives at an early stage as it is only effective with their co-operation. Your employees should also understand their own duties, (in terms of attending appointments etc) and the purpose of the health surveillance and their involvement will ensure a 'reality check' from the shop floor is included in the process. For more information, see: Involving employees.
Set up and design health surveillance according to need represents the fourth part of the health surveillance cycle .
Identify who will do the health surveillance
As an employer you are responsible for putting in place the most appropriate health surveillance programme for your business.
To put an effective programme in place you will need to:
- involve your employees
- appoint a responsible person within your business
- appoint a competent medical professional (where appropriate)
After designing your programme, you may need to appoint an occupational health provider to deliver it and help you meet your legal obligations. However, by understanding a little more about what they do, you can be an 'intelligent customer' and purchase the right health surveillance services.
Keep your health surveillance process under review, to make sure that it is still appropriate and to maintain the quality.
- For guidance on appointing a health surveillance provider, see: An employer's guide to engaging an occupational health physician.
- HSE guidance outlines the specific levels of competence required in conducting health surveillance for particular hazards.
- Competent advisors for information on the different roles undertaken in the health surveillance process.
Remember, you should design your health surveillance programme according to the specific needs of your workplace, covering only those employees who need health surveillance, as defined through risk assessment.
Identify who will do the health surveillance represents the fifth part of the health surveillance cycle
Implement health surveillance for those who need it
The next step is to implement your health surveillance programme for those employees who need it. Keep your health surveillance programme under review, to make sure that it remains appropriate and to maintain quality.
Implement health surveillance for those who need it represents the sixth part of the health surveillance cycle.