Health monitoring is provided by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), such as an employer, for a worker. It involves using medical tests to monitor and protect a worker’s health because of exposure to hazardous chemicals.
There are different health monitoring guides for PCBUs, workers and registered medical practitioners:
- Health monitoring guide for persons conducting business or undertakings (PCBUs)
- Health monitoring guide for workers
- Health monitoring guide for registered medical practitioners
Health monitoring is not an alternative to implementing effective control measures according to the hierarchy of controls. Health monitoring provides information to the PCBU about the control measures that are used at the workplace. It lets the PCBU know if control measures are not effective or if a worker’s health is being affected by exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Health monitoring is carried out by or supervised by a registered medical practitioner (a doctor) with experience in health monitoring.
Hazardous chemicals that need health monitoring
For hazardous chemicals, a PCBU must provide health monitoring to workers if there is a significant risk:
- to worker’s health because of exposure to a hazardous chemical listed in table 14.1 of Schedule 14, or
- of exposure to another hazardous chemical (not listed in Schedule 14) and there are suitable testing methods available such as cyclophosphamide, ethyl benzene and nickel.
Lead and asbestos have different health monitoring requirements.
You can read more about health monitoring requirements in the individual health monitoring guides for hazardous chemicals.
Please note: These guides will help you to comply with your duties under the model WHS laws and should not be relied on in the place of the full text of those laws.
Safe Work Australia is a national policy body responsible for WHS and workers’ compensation. We do not regulate or enforce WHS laws. When monitoring the health of workers, the WHS laws that apply in a state or territory must be followed alongside other legislation, for example privacy laws and laws for handling personal information of workers.
If you have questions about health monitoring, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need help deciding what you need to do at your workplace, contact your WHS regulator.