A recent query on arranging health surveillance dealt with by the British Safety Council’s Information Service.

Q) We need to provide health surveillance for employees exposed to certain hazardous substances, such as dusts and fumes, and physical agents such as noise and vibration. Who can carry out the necessary checks and how can we ensure their competence?

A) Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers must appoint one or more ‘competent’ persons to help them meet their health and safety duties, including – where appropriate – the provision of health surveillance for employees. These experts can be appointed from the workforce, externally, or from a combination of both.


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