What is health surveillance?

Health surveillance is a personal health assessment required under various health and safety regulations (including COSHH). Most workers won’t need one but, for example, you will if you are exposed to hazardous substances, including those causing asthma and dermatitis. The aim is to catch any illnesses in the early stages.

The health check may be as simple as a regular visual examination of your skin to check for signs of dermatitis, such as redness, cracks and blisters. Or it may involve a urine test or blood test, e.g. if you work with lead or two-pack paint spays containing isocyanates.

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