Is health surveillance required in my workplace?

Composting is a natural process that relies on the actions of micro-organisms, the process will release dust & bio-aerosols, which represent potential health hazards.  Whilst good health & safety practice should mean that steps are taken to protect workers from exposure to these hazards it must be assumed that there will be a residual risk arising from these hazards. 

HSE guidance states that where there is a risk of harm to employees then employers need to take further steps to protect their employees.   In the case of bio-aerosols health surveillance can lead to the early detection and treatment of illnesses arising from exposure to these hazards.

Click HERE to read information on health surveillance on the HSE website.  

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