You should be monitoring the health of your construction workers
Everyone should make an effort to stay healthy… not just people working in construction. However when it comes to the health of construction workers, there is often a need for specific health checks to monitor the impacts to our health while working on construction sites.
Health monitoring is a proactive way of ensuring your team isn’t at risk in the workplace. It’s focused on the most common health risks on construction sites – hearing loss and exposure to dust. Health monitoring does not include general wellbeing checks or programmes, since things like cholesterol checks and healthy living programs aren’t specific to construction work.
As the main contractor, health monitoring is something you provide for your team. It’s intended to detect the early signs of ill health or disease, helping you monitor and protect your team from exposure to construction-related health risks. You’ll need a registered medical practitioner with experience in health monitoring to perform or supervise the medical tests.
Monitoring the health of your workers is not an alternative to effective hazard control measures, rather, it helps you understand the effectiveness of the controls being used on-site. If a worker’s health is being affected by exposure to construction-related health risks it’s best to find out as early as possible and prevent any further harm to that worker or any other team members.
You have a legal responsibility to monitor workers’ health. Make sure you complete regular Site Reviews on the HazardCo App, as this will help you identify hazards and put an effective health monitoring plan in place. Your HazardCo Support Team is available throughout the day to guide you through this – call 0800 555 339 to talk it over.
To further assist your health monitoring efforts, HazardCo has partnered with Habithealth who provide medical checks nationwide. They’re experienced in health monitoring for the construction industry, and their efficient, cost-effective service is discounted for HazardCo members. You can complete a request form here.
Remember, like all on-site health and safety, prevention is where it’s at. To ensure you’re meeting your legal requirements when it comes to health monitoring, get on-site with the HazardCo App, and complete an updated Site Review today.