New online guidance on workplace health surveillance
Posted: March 20, 2013
Posted in: Employer Negligence Workplace Injuries
New online guidance has been launched to make it easier for employers to understand what they need to do to check and protect their workers’ health.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidelines on health surveillance, which is needed where, even after all precautions are taken, there is still a risk that workers may be exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances.
Developed with industry, the clear and simple guidance makes it easier for employers to decide whether their workers need health surveillance, how to go about it and how to use the results. The guidance also makes it clearer when action is not needed, saving lower-risk businesses, such as those that are office based, from wasting time and money.
According to the HSE, past exposure to harmful substances at work is responsible for an estimated 12,000 deaths each year.
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