What tests are involved?
Health monitoring usually involves regular testing of an employee’s health in an area related to their area of risk. For example if you are exposed to dust, regular lung function testing (called spirometry) is done to ensure it is not affecting your breathing.
Other tests included are hearing and vision screening. It is important to check your employees hearing if they are exposed to noise. Vision is important for anyone needing precise vision for their job. Call us to book today.
Should your workplace be carrying out Health Monitoring?
If an employee is exposed to hazardous substances or working conditions, it is the employer’s responsibility to put measures in place to manage and control that exposure. These measures are designed to protect the employee’s health.
Examples of these measures could include Exposure Monitoring equipment that is worn while the employee works. This equipment could measure noise levels or the density of particles in the air. Gathering this kind of information can help an employer to provide the correct protective equipment to control exposure to conditions that could impact health.
If an employer reviews the working environment and identifies potential dangers and hazards, the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016 state that the employer is responsible for controlling and monitoring hazard levels, and monitoring employee health.