Stay Ahead of the Game with Health Surveillance

What is Health Surveillance?

For positions that involve exposure to potential health hazards, you can carry out checks at periodic intervals to monitor health and make changes to your work environment if necessary. By tracking lasting health effects, you isolate health hazards and can optimize accordingly. This is commonly referred to as health surveillance, and involves the collection and analysis of disease data on groups of workers to catch early occurrences of disease. As such, these types of screenings can help with secondary prevention.

Why Implement Health Surveillance?

With a health surveillance screening in place, you’re able to find risk factors, uncover non-occupational diseases, analyze employee fitness and ensure employees are suited for the position. As a bonus, employees may receive early identification of the disease being screened for, giving them more time to seek treatment. You’ll be able to examine the health effects of workplace agents and establish a baseline health record.

Risk Management


By requiring occupational health screenings, your company can better understand absence patterns. This, in turn, lowers levels of sickness and absenteeism. Not only does your company benefit from fewer sick days, but employees are also more productive when they’re healthy. When your employees are healthy, you have a reduced turnover of staff.

Don’t believe us? The numbers speak for themselves.

  • Post-offer, pre-employment physical testing has yielded cost savings ratios
    as high as 18:1.
  • Post-offer pre-employment physical testing has resulted in workplace injury rates as low as 3%, as opposed to a 33% injury rate when pre-hire applicants are not screened.
  • In a study of 18 different industries, a 68.2% reduction in work injuries
    was reported when functional testing is implemented.
  • A medical center reduced the average cost per injury from $1,433 to $322
    with the implementation of post-offer, pre-employment testing.
  • Post-offer pre-employment physical testing has resulted in lowering turn-over rates by nearly 20%.

Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics’  2016 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses charts for a better understanding of how illness and injury can hinder your company’s performance.

Drop-In vs Appointment

Health checks are typically either drop-in sessions or individual appointments depending on the number of employees, budget, and the type of business. Where individual appointments are best for thorough, comprehensive exams that test cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure, etc., drop-in sessions are less expensive. An upside to individual appointments is that each employee is able to sit down with a physician and talk through their results. Though drop-in sessions may be quick, they don’t give employees the individualized attention they need and limit the tests that can be carried out.

Why are Health Exams Important?

In the U.S., 34% of the workforce already requires periodic health examinations. Why? Because health exams give individuals access to health information, reduce their risk of developing serious diseases and improve employee performance. Just because someone is fit to perform a job when they sign on doesn’t mean they’ll maintain the same physical fitness level throughout their career. Stay on top of employee health with periodic health exams.

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