New free health surveillance guide for employers

Trident Medical Services (TMS) has launched a new free guide on health surveillance, the latest in a planned series that started recently with sickness absence. Aimed at HR managers, the guide provides up-to-date advice on how to protect employee health whilst complying with legal requirements for a safe workplace, also setting out the risks of non-compliance.

Other practical advice includes why and when health surveillance is needed, what assessments may be involved, what is required by law, how to carry out a risk assessment, tips on implementing a health surveillance programme and what to consider when choosing a provider. To emphasise the importance of health surveillance, the handbook also looks at examples of prosecutions where companies have faced hefty fines and, in some cases, prison sentences, for failing to carry out the relevant health surveillance.

Fiona Penfold, Managing Director of TMS says: “The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 place certain requirements on employers with regards protecting their employees’ health. There is also further specific legislation for those within certain industries. This legal landscape can be a minefield and employers need to be aware of their responsibilities and the penalties they may face for not complying.”

Charlotte Cross, Director of Better Health at Work Alliance, added “It’s always good to have the latest info and advice compiled into useful and bite-sized chunks for quick reference. Resources like these are handy for anyone responsible for the health of their workforce and will help employers to stay on top.

It’s also important to note that as a topic, health surveillance – albeit not discussed as much as other current health risks – is nonetheless important and is not just for safety-critical industries. All employers can benefit here and should strive to implement a programme suitable for their workplace and workforce.”

The guide is available to download, free, from the TMS website

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