Your six employer obligations when it comes to medical surveillance
It's your legal obligation to reduce and control health and safety risks to your employees.
One way to do this is with medical surveillance. This focuses on prevention of medical conditions in the workplace, and is a process of screening employees annually for any medical conditions.
A medical surveillance program keeps your workers healthy and ensures you're meeting OSH standards in health and safety.
Read on for your six obligations when it comes to performing medical surveillance...
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Your six obligations when it comes to performing medical surveillance
According to the Health and Safety Advisor, you have six obligations to your employees, where you must:
Ensure the employee is under medical surveillance if he is exposed to hazardous chemicals;
Offer medical examinations to your employees;
Ensure the occupational medical examiner draws up a medical surveillance programme;
Investigate and record all incidents that might have resulted in infections, injuries or death;
Not permit any employee who is unfit for duty to work in the workplace where there's exposure, until the employee is declared fit; and
Keep all medical surveillance records for a minimum period of 40 years (OHSA Regulation 14).
If you implement medical surveillance, you, the employer, will be complying with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). You'll also be ensuring that your employees work in a safe, monitored environment, free from harmful risk exposure.
Medical screening and medical surveillance are two important aspects of optimising employee health. You also need to regularly educate your employees on health-related risks in your Toolbox Talks
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