Sometimes people suffer with ill-health as a direct or indirect
result of the work they do. Some of these health effects are acute
and easy to recognise and put right, but others are chronic, long
term and unable to be cured.
Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their workforce,
and to take action to prevent ill-health. This is primarily
achieved by undertaking risk assessments, understanding the
potential for ill-health to occur and guarding against it.
Certain diseases and health problems must be notified to the
enforcing authority. For offices, shops and warehouses, this will
be the Environmental Health Department of the Local Authority. For
most other premises, including manufacturing and building sites for
example, this will be the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Notifiable diseases include:
- Occupational skin conditions
- Lung disease
- Infections such as T.B., tetanus, hepatitis, anthrax,
- Occupational cancer
- Hand-arm vibration and repetitive strain injuries
A full list is available with HSE Form
These diseases must be notified once a Doctor has informed you that
your employee is suffering from one of them. HSE Form F2508A must
be completed online
The Investigating Officer will ascertain the circumstances behind
the case, and may require improvements to be made. In certain
circumstances enforcement action may be appropriate.
The Employment Medical Advisory Services can give advice about
medical issues of employment. They can be contacted at HSE, EMAS,
Woodlands, Manton Lane, Bedford, or by telephoning 0151