You're required by law to look out for the health and safety of all your employees, and that includes carrying out medical surveillance in the workplace - which when done, will help protect employees from any workplace hazards, and to ensure a legally compliant working environment.
But when exactly are you required to carry out medical surveillance in the workplace?
Well, there are two situations in which you must carry out medical surveillance, and in this article I'll show you what they are...
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Two situations where medical surveillance is a must
SITUATION#1: RISK ASSESSMENTS
If you conduct a risk assessment which implies that some employees may have been exposed to hazardous agents in the workplace, then you must also carry out medical surveillance on all relevant employees as soon as possible.
Remember that 'hazardous agents' include:
1. Chemical hazards such as dust, vapours, fumes and gas;
2. Physical hazards such as noise, radiation, lighting and extreme temperatures;
3. Mechanical hazards such as vibrations;
4. Psychological hazards such as work-based stress; and
5. Ergonomic hazards such as poor posture at work.
SITUATION#2: DOCTOR SAYS SO
If the occupational medical practitioner believes, for whatever reasons, that medical surveillance is necessary in the workplace, then it's highly recommended you listen. Because if you turn down his advice, especially when his entire field of work has to do with preventing health problems from occurring and developing further in the workplace, and employees start getting terribly ill because you didn't carry out medical surveillance, then you could possibly find yourself in the middle of a massive court case.
So if an occupational medical practitioner comes to you and shows any objective reasons as to why there might be a potential health risk in your workplace, don't question it. Rather be safe than sorry.
*Do you want to learn more on medical surveillance in the workplace, find out who is responsible for medical surveillance and what to do if an employee fails the medical? Then page over to Chapter M 01: Medical Surveillance
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