On Friday the HSE released new guidance to Occupational Health providers indicating that face to face health surveillance can be postponed for up to 6 months (a rise from the previous 3 months guidance).
The use of remote questionnaire and telephone based screening is recommended to fulfil statutory requirements, with face to face assessments only if considered essential.
The guidance applies to COSHH, Asbestos, Ionising Radiation, Lead, Noise, and Vibration at Work regulations.
Whilst face to face appointments are not appropriate at present, it is important to ensure the efficacy of your health and safety measures by continuing with routine health surveillance in line with these regulations. Our clients' needs vary and we are working with all organisations on a case by case basis to find an appropriate solution that meets individual needs.
We are also working with a number of companies to help asses workers' fitness to work in relation to Covid-19 specific risks.
If you are yet to set up a return to work plan in terms of medical clearance, we invite you to contact us to talk about your options.