Fit for Purpose

5th September 2017

Clifford Devlin carried out its annual health surveillance on all demolition staff at various sites across London over three days in August 2017. A series of tests were conducted by a qualified nurse from health and safety consultancy, Building Health, in a private room on each site.

These included:

  •  History of health and medication (staff where asked to check with family prior to the test)
  •  Blood pressure
  •  Body mass index
  •  Urine test for diabetes
  •  Vision screening (near, far, colour and peripheral)

Health surveillance for noise-induced hearing loss, HAVS, respiratory and skin diseases and musculoskeletal disorders
Health surveillance is about putting in place systematic, regular and appropriate procedures to detect early signs of work-related ill health among employees who are exposed to certain health risks. It is a legal requirement to carry out these checks for all employees but we extended these to everyone on our sites and included the site-based staff from Principal Contractor, Interserve, at Berwick Street. The tests will help ensure that current controls (equipment choice, water suppression, acoustic blankets, PPE wearing etc) are protecting staff sufficiently before they become a major health issue to individuals.

Ian O’Connor, Clifford Devlin’s Group Health & Safety Manager commented:
“A lot of health problems take a long time to develop and by monitoring health frequently it enables us to identify work-related ill health at an early stage so that steps can be taken to treat the condition and prevent further damage as well as to give the business early warning that protective control measures are no longer effective. It also gives employees the chance to raise any concerns they may have about the effect of their work on their health.”

Following the screening, operatives were taught how to self-monitor their health and make improvements by completing self health checks to look for and report any signs of work-related ill health and implementing lifestyle health promotions to benefit from, for example, enjoying a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, drinking sensibly and stopping smoking.