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Control measure
Health surveillance

Control measure knowledge

Health surveillance allows for early identification of ill health and helps identify any corrective action needed. Health surveillance may be required by law if personnel are exposed to noise or vibration, solvents, fumes, dusts, biological agents and other substances hazardous to health, or work in compressed air. Appropriately trained and competent health professionals must undertake this, especially where there is a regulatory requirement to monitor the health of personnel.

Fire and rescue services should also provide for the effective monitoring of mental health and wellbeing of all operational personnel to ensure that any exposure to psychological hazards can be monitored. Critical incident stress management procedures should be considered as part of an intervention to minimise the impact of traumatic incidents on individuals and to reduce work related stress.

See also:

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations

The Control of Asbestos Regulations

The Control of Lead at Work Regulations

The Ionising Radiations Regulations

(and equivalent devolved legislation)

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services must:
  • Have procedures for health surveillance following exposure of personnel to substances where there is a legal requirement to do so
Fire and rescue services should:
  • Have procedures for the monitoring of mental and physical health and wellbeing following exposure to traumatic events and/or hazardous materials



Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Follow service protocols for post incident health surveillance and monitoring