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Health Surveillance

Ensure your workforce are as healthy as they can be with our health surveillance programme.

Occupational Health Under COSHH – The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations require an assessment of the risks to persons, determining the means of control, monitoring the environment to ensure the controls are effective; and if there is any doubt of the efficiency of the control measures, conducting routine health surveillance.

Examples of this include but are not limited to:
• Maternity leave, health surveillance, lung function, hearing tests, drugs and alcohol monitoring
• Lung Function Testing
• Skin assessments
• Vaccinations to help protect against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
• Health surveillance can be conducted either in your workplace or at our clinics in Glasgow City Centre.
• Driver and Mechanical Handling Equipment Operator Medicals
• A medical assessment to determine the physical and mental health status to help ensure drivers are healthy and safe at the controls.
• Vision Screening Service – From the Display Screen Equipment Regulations (2001) employers should make vision screening available to their employees regularly to ensure their vision is adequate for the tasks   undertaken. Workstation assessments complete the package of care for computer users.
• Health Screening Services
• Occupational Exposure
• Drug and Alcohol Testing

Health Screening monitors the wellbeing of employees in the workplace and includes but is not limited to:
• Height
• Weight
• Body Mass Index
• Urine analysis for the presence of glucose and protein
• Blood Pressure and Pulse
• Cholesterol checks
• Lifestyle / health advice based on a needs assessment of the individual
• Clinics can be carried out at our City Centre premises or on site.

Hearing Tests (Audiometry) – Useful in conjunction with a Hearing Conservation Programme and recommended by the Noise at Work Regulations. This test assists in the early identification of the irreversible damage to hearing caused by exposure to noise. Can also be used to identify new workers joining your company who may already have some hearing loss.

Lung Function Testing (Spirometry) – Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999, lung function tests can detect early signs of lung damage before a serious problem develops.

Pre-employment Medical – Medical questionnaires, and if necessary examinations, help to ensure that those who join your organisation are fit to perform the tasks within their job description. We can also advise on your obligations under the Equality Act from a medical viewpoint.

Night Workers – The Working Time Regulations place a duty on employers to offer health assessments to night workers and identifies health issues which may interact with night working.

Sickness/Fitness to Work Examinations – Following an assessment, a report to the employer can advise on how best to manage the employee’s absence and where possible, rehabilitation back into the workplace from a medical viewpoint. The medical assessment will, where appropriate, address health issues that may come under the
Equality Act.

Hand Arm Vibration Screening (HAVS) – This health assessment is aimed at employees who use vibration tools i.e. drills, pneumatic equipment, power saws, etc. We will also advise on any restrictions or alterations that may be required for those suffering from Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. An effective instrument when used as part of a comprehensive Hand Arm Vibration Screening (HAVS ) policy in preventing HAV Syndrome in the workplace.

Face Fit Testing – As part of HSE regulations and the corresponding Approved Codes of Practice, part of the process for choosing the correct model of RPE (respiratory protective equipment) is to undergo a “fit test” either “qualitative” for disposable masks or “quantitative” for half face & full face masks. This test ensures that the wearer is using a mask that provides adequate protection. The performance of any mask will depend, in the first instance, on a good contact between the wearer’s skin and the face seal of the mask. Using state of the art computerised equipment we provide quantitative testing service on full face and half mask respirators following HSE guidelines. At the start of the test, our experienced engineers will check that the mask is being worn properly and offer advice where needed. In the event of a test being carried out on the wearer’s own mask, a visual inspection will be made as any defects or faults will effect the test. However, we recommend that a full service is carried out on the equipment prior to the test as problems with the mask may not be possible to sort out at the time. A full range of full-face and half-face masks are available for testing purposes and can be purchased on the day if required. The Mask Fit Testing service is available either at our fully equipped workshops or at any other specified location. The HSE regulations and ACOPS further require that RPE is regularly inspected and maintained by a competent person. Our engineers have a wealth of experience and training which they can pass on to anyone required to carry out this inspection and general maintenance. The training is in the form of a practical session indicating the main areas to look out for in general wear and tear on respirators to ensure that they keep to the required level of day to day performance. We then issue a certificate, valid for two years, which is a record of attendance at the session. ACOPS recommend that respirators should also be serviced at 6 monthly intervals.

HSCS Scotland Promoting a Healthier Workplace Through Safety

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