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Ill Health

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:

  • Poisoning
  • Occupational skin conditions
  • Lung disease
  • Infections such as T.B., tetanus, hepatitis, anthrax, legionellosis
  • Occupational cancer
  • Hand-arm vibration and repetitive strain injuries

 

A full list is available with HSE Form F2508A.

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 9514000.

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