The Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), require employers to prevent, or if this is not reasonably practicable, control employees’ exposure to hazardous substances. In addition, regulation 11 of COSHH states that health surveillance is considered appropriate where:
University College London, Occupational Health Service (OHS) undertakes to provide a health surveillance programme for relevant occupational groups at UCL. The occupational groups currently identified work with respiratory sensitisers and in particular Laboratory Allergens (LAA) and Latex.
The University College London - Approved Code of Practice (UCL- ACOP) ‘Control of Exposure to Laboratory Allergens’ deals with the organisational aspects of managing the risks associated with laboratory allergens.
The Univerity College London - 'Latex Policy ' deals with the organisational aspects of managing the risks associated with latex
The Health Surveillance programme aims to achieve:
Baseline health surveillance
At employment stage, the line manager or ‘named contact person’ will ensure that the baseline health assessment procedureis followed so that OHS can contact the employee for baseline screening.
For employees already in post, post graduate students and visitors, a Job Hazard Identification Form must be completed and returned to OHS, so that OHS can contact the employee for baseline screening.
Subsequent Health Surveillance
UCL OHS will advise the designated named contact person of the timing of the next scheduled health surveillance. In general routine screening will be:
The nature of routine health surveillance will depend on assessed risk of exposure:
UCL OH service may advise a different protocol in individual cases.
The OHS report will generally advise on the:
Appointments for routine health surveillance are offered within ten working days of the request.
Appointments will be offered within five working days for individuals reporting symptoms of allergy. The first appointment may be with an Occupational Health Adviser who will give initial recommendations that may include further assessment by the Occupational Physician.
A report on the outcome of health surveillance will be sent to the designated named contact person within five days of the appointment or receipt of health surveillance questionnaire.
UCL OH will maintain a recall system to ensure that the employee and named contact person is advised when an individual’s health surveillance is due.
UCL OH will provide the named contact person with names of individuals who fail to attend for health surveillance.
More detailed reports, advising on particular adjustments to work or the need for further investigation or restrictions to work with respiratory sensitisers, will be sent as appropriate.