Certain jobs come with particular health risks. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), Reporting Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations and Management of Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1999 inform the development and implementation of an effective provision to employees.
COSHH in particular require employers to assess the risks from exposure to hazardous substances, including pathogens (called biological agents in COSHH) and put into the place control measures necessary to protect worker. Control measures are actions that can be put into place to reduce or remove the exposure to biological agents. These include the use of universal precautions and established infection control policies and practices, the use of personal protective equipment and the use of immunisation for those diseases that are vaccine preventable.
If a vaccine is required because of occupational risk, it is the responsibility of the employer to arrange and pay for vaccination, even if it is part of the UK immunisation programme.
Broadly, vaccinations may be required for workers who:
- Handle human pathogens, blood, serum or tissue specimens
- Are in contact with human or animal waste
- Work in mortuaries or handle human remains
- Are involved in fieldwork overseas
- Are required to travel overseas
The Health and Work Consultancy work related vaccination programme includes:
- Advice on the implementation of workplace immunisation programmes and safe systems of work
- Optional training on occupationally acquired vaccine preventable diseases
- Provision of Onsite immunisation programme with maintenance of vaccine cold chain
Sources of further information
- Information on Hepatitis B and how to prevent it on NHS choices website
- Information on Hepatitis C and how to prevent it on NHS choices website
- Information on HIV and how to prevent it on NHS choices website
- Health and Safety Executive - Blood borne viruses in the workplace
- Department of Health - Health Clearance for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV in new healthcare workers
- Fit for travel website offers guidance for people who travel abroad
- European health insurance card information when travelling within the European union
If you have any questions about workplace vaccination or any other occupational health services for your business in South Wales or the South of England, don't hesitate to call us on 02920 682028 or Contact us.