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Five OHS Act regulations that require medical surveillance to ensure your employees' health and safety

by , 02 January 2015
Medical surveillance helps you spot if one of your employees is suffering from any illness relating to their work. There are five OHS Act regulations that require this.

If you don't comply with this requirement you're guilty of non-compliance and could face hefty penalties from the DoL or even a jail sentence.

To avoid this, you need to know exactly when implement medical surveillance in your workplace.

Read on to discover the five OHS Act regulations that require it...

 

These five OHS Act regulations require medical surveillance

 
1. Asbestos Regulations, 2001;
2. Hazardous Biological Agent Regulations, 2001;
3. Hazardous Chemical Substances Regulations, 1995;
4. Lead Regulations, 2001; and
5. Noise Induced Hearing Loss Regulation, 2003.
 
Medical surveillance is important if your employees work with any of these substances or with excessive noise. The reason for this is, surveillance can help you identify employees with illness and get them help before it turns deadly.
 
Here's what you need to do to implement medical surveillance and comply with these regulations.
 
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Do these two things to implement medical surveillance in your company

 
1. Do regular occupational medicals
These are medical examinations done by a medical practitioner. You can get the practitioner to come to your workplace and assess your employees there. 
 
Just remember, you need to include this as a job requirement in your employees' contracts. Also create a policy about occupational medicals so your employees can't refuse to undergo them. 
 
2. Get your employees to complete report forms 
If you get your employees to complete weekly reports regarding their work and their health, you can identify any employees who may need further medical assistance. 
 
Do these two things if any of these five regulations apply to your business so you can comply.
 
For more advice on complying with the health and safety laws, check out the Health and Safety Advisor
 

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