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When is health surveillance necessary?
- hazardous substances covered by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), including substances known to cause dermatitis and occupational asthma, a wide variety of solvents, chemicals, fumes, dusts and biological agents hazardous to health;
- asbestos and lead;
- work in compressed air;
- ionising radiation;
- working in a noisy environment;
- work with vibrating tools or equipment;
- diving; and
- nightshift work.
As well as a having a general duty to carry out health surveillance under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Regulation 6), employers must undertake health checks where workers are exposed to the specific hazards identified above.