Occupational Health Monitoring

Occupational Health aims to achieve and maintain the physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations. Health monitoring is a system of ongoing health checks for employees who are exposed to hazards that may cause identifiable health issues. This would include monitoring of noise or vibration, ionising radiation, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health. Health monitoring for such specific hazards is statutory under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

We offer the following monitoring and assessment:

Audiometry:

  • Hearing tests
  • Mandatory in workplaces where noise is excessive (We can monitor and advise if the level exceeds 85dBA)
  • Why?
  • To identify if hearing loss if being caused by work exposure
    • To ensure that control measures are working
  • Identify at-risk work environments and machinery
  • To meet legal requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

Lung function tests:

  • Measures lung capacity
  • Monitors workers exposed to dust and chemicals causing respiratory irritation or sensitisation
  • Why?
    • To identify if lung disease is being caused by work
    • To ensure that control measures are working
    • To meet legal requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

Vision Tests:

  • Eye tests
  • To identify where vision problems are being aggravated by work or affecting ability to work
  • Why?
    • To detect eye strain in VDU users
    • To detect problems with colour vision where essential for the job
    • As part of a drivers’ medical

Asbestos Medicals:

  • A combination of doctor assessment, lung function and chest x-ray
  • For workers exposed to asbestos
  • Why?
    • Early detection of asbestos-related disease
    • Establishing baseline measures
    • Meeting legislative requirements

Drug and alcohol testing:

  • Testing for drugs and alcohol in a urine sample using a chain of custody procedure
    • A pre-employment test
    • A post-incident test
    • Reasonable cause test
    • Random test
  • Why?
    • To reduce workplace risk from workers under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Wellbeing Checks:

Monitoring the general health and wellbeing of workers by review of lifestyle factors and measurement of health indicators

  • Why?
    • The workplace is a venue to positively influence worker health
    • Improves worker engagement, retention and productivity
    • To identify mental health issues including work-related stress
    • To help workers improve wellbeing both at work and home

Preventative Services:

Vaccination and Infection Control

  • Vaccination to prevent specific infectious diseases and policy development
  • Flu Vaccinations:
  • Vaccination Specific to Occupational Risk (E.g. Hepatitis A/B)
  • Pandemic Planning (emergency preparedness planning)
  • Why?
    • To reduce the risk of worker sickness absence
    • To reduce the risk of infectious diseases being caught in the workplaces

Ergonomic Assessment / Work methods:

  • Workstation assessment and education according to the ergonomic principle that the workplace should be adjusted ‘to fit’ the worker.
  • Cost-effective equipment options can be provided.
  • Why?
    • Reduction of worker pain and discomfort
    • Increased efficiency in workstation use