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New guidance on health surveillance in the workplace

New guidance on health surveillance in the workplace

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new online guidance and guidelines on health surveillance of workers exposed to chemicals or other hazardous substances.  The clear and simple guidance has been developed with industry.  It 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. The new online guidance replaces HSG61 "Health Surveillance at Work".

Paul Beaumont, HSE's policy lead for health surveillance, said:

“Companies could be wasting money unnecessarily by implementing it where it's not needed.  Ultimately, better targeted health surveillance can lead to a healthier workforce and a more productive business."

View the new Guidance on HSE's website.