Workforce Health Surveillance
Strath Med offers convenient on-site health surveillance to companies across Scotland. No matter how remote your location or what industry you’re in we can serve your health surveillance requirements.
By focusing on a core range of health surveillance tests and using the latest equipment we can conduct tests efficiently and economically. This enables us to offer you our services at a competitive rate. We believe that you shouldn’t be expected to pay for your provider’s outdated business models and inefficiencies.
Our lithe and flexible infrastructure means our approach is not dictated by having to service legacy assets, we don’t bundle services or funnel you into using ones that are patently unsuitable for your needs. We have commoditised the individual components of health surveillance services, allowing you to choose exactly what you need.
Why Health Surveilance?
In addition to the statutory requirements for compulsory health surveillance there are other important factors to consider.
Having a methodical health surveillance program in place helps in the early detection of work related adverse health conditions. It also helps to defend any claims for damages.
Not having workforce health surveillance creates an open goal for employees intent on making spurious compensation claims. Defending a claim can be difficult without having a health surveillance program in place. Even a modest claim can spark a chain of unforeseen consequences that could rapidly spiral into a substantial (and sometimes critical) financial headache.
In some circumstances managing to get affordable insurance cover could be problematic, worse still cover could be refused.
Suddenly insurance providers become overly risk adverse and may require you to take costly disproportionate measures to mitigate any risk. You could also find yourself having to procure workforce health surveillance tout suite at distress purchase price levels.
An indication as to the quantum of damages that a pursuer can be awarded in a successful claim against an employer for Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is illustrated in the recent case (23rd March 2021) of McDonald v Indigo Sun Retail Ltd. (links to judgement published by the official Scottish Courts website)
The pursuer, a young student who was a part-time worker at a tanning salon in Dundee, was awarded just over £240k after suffering permanent hearing damage from being exposed to ecessive noise at work from a noisy fire alarm. Seemingly what bumped up the value of this claim so high was the eye-watering cost of hearing aids that the young lady will now have to wear for the rest of her life.
Establishing a Benchmark
Having health surveillance in place helps employers to establish a benchmark of any new start’s health. A new start could have any number of undisclosed health issues for which their new employer could potentially be held responsible for causing. Take Noise Induced Hearing Loss as an example, think of how many people use headphones whilst listening to loud music on their phone, many people will be blissfully unware of the damage that this can do to their hearing, incrementally increasing the volume as their hearing deteriorates. Unless a benchmark is established (or there is a candid disclosure by the employee) it can make defending a claim for work related NIHL difficult. The employee may even be genuinely convinced that the damage to their hearing was directly attributed to their work.
Given the sheer number of the population now listening to music on their headphones and the amount awarded in the McDonald case, insurance companies could find themselves exposed to a bulge in claims for NIHL. The result of this will be much higher insurance premiums, especially for companies who don’t have health surveillance in place.
How We Work
We visit your premises on an agreed date, and conduct the tests in a spare room.
The difference between a smooth day’s testing and a disruptive one is often in the planning and communication. We’ll work with you to ensure there is minimal disruption to your business during testing.
The test results are explained to each employee, and at the end of the site visit a summary of the test results will be provided to you as the employer.
Depending of the types and number of tests to be carried out, the whole process can take as little as one hour or up to a few days for sites with a large number of employees.