Occupational Health and Health Surveillance

Occupational health risk generally concerns employee ill-health caused or made worse by work. Poor workplace controls can cause a severe and life-changing condition or disability, and may arise from an acute (sudden) cause, or (more often the case) from cumulative effects over time, leading to a chronic condition.

Occupational health risk is relevant to many of the Council’s work activities and must be given proper consideration at Directorate and Service-level via health and safety risk profiling and risk assessment processes.


Occupational health risk issues include:

(This list is not exhaustive)


  • Musculo-skeletal disorders
  • Work-related stress
  • Occupational asthma
  • Noise induced hearing loss
  • Occupational dermatitis, sensitisation or other skin disorder
  • Respiratory damage, asthma or sensitisation
  • Hand-arm vibration syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome


Some of the above issues are discussed further in these pages. Please contact the Corporate Health and Safety Team for more information or advice.

The Council’s general arrangements for fulfilling our occupational health surveillance obligations are further described at our health surveillance information page.




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