What is Workplace Health Surveillance ?
‘Workplace Health Surveillance’ is the practice of finding out the factors that lead to injuries and diseases in the workspace and their removal. The International Labor Organization defines it as a ‘system which includes a functional capacity for data collection, analysis and dissemination linked to occupational health programmes.’
Workplace health surveillance has several advantages such as identifying disease causing agents quickly so that preventive action can be taken at the earliest. It also helps in providing data to organizations to lower health risks.
Workplace health surveillance also helps in highlighting the security lapses when it comes to employee health and safety and reinforces training and awareness to avoid any kind of health related issues in the workplace.