13. Health Surveillance

13.1  Reasons for Health Surveillance

The University must provide health surveillance for employees when:

  • a risk assessment identifies that it is required;  and
  • there is a significant risk to health from exposure to one or more hazardous substances.

The University's responsibilities in carrying out health surveillance include:

  • informing employees that health surveillance is necessary;
  • selection of the medical practitioner (in consultation with employees);
  • costs, which may include employees' medical fees, pathology tests, travelling expenses and time away from work;
  • retention of results as confidential records;
  • explaining the purpose of health surveillance;
  • developing a procedure to undertake a particular health surveillance;
  • ensuring that no employee is subject to discrimination as the result of any test;  and
  • providing the registered medical practitioner with access to the Register/Inventory of Hazardous Substances and any relevant risk assessment records.

A registered medical practitioner who is trained in occupational medicine may carry out the health surveillance procedure or supervise a suitably qualified person, such as an occupational health nurse.

The University should not use health surveillance in place of atmospheric monitoring as an indicator of potential health effects.  Health surveillance is not an alternative to maintenance of control measures. The University must endeavour to control health effects by engineering control measures.

13.2  Records

A risk assessment report which indicates a need for health surveillance must be kept for a period of at least 30 years from the date of the last entry.

A Health Surveillance report must be retained as a confidential record for a period of at least 30 years from the date of the last entry.

For more information refer to Section 3 - Records and Registers.

13.3  USQSafe contact

Manager (USQSafe)

13.4  Status

Published October 1998
Reviewed October 2009
Reviewed November 2012

13.5  References

Work Health and Safety Act  2011 (Qld)
Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 Hazardous Chemicals (Qld)
Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice 2003