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Workplace immunisation

Certain occupations eg healthcare; laboratories; dental / medical surgeries; emergency and essential services; plumbing; sewage or jobs involving children, animals or specific communities, may expose workers to an increased risk of vaccine preventable diseases.

Those working in these types of jobs are vulnerable to a whole range of different diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB), measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Hib and polio, and they can transmit these diseases to vulnerable populations if not immunised.

They and their family and friends will need to be protected, as will overseas workers working in countries where some vaccine preventable infections are endemic.

Legal responsibility

It is the employer’s legal responsibility to assess the potential risk of exposure to these diseases and meet the necessary health and safety guidelines as some of these diseases can have very serious consequences.

Employers are also legally bound to provide their employees with any information or training they need to minimise their exposure to disease.

It is then the employee’s responsibility to make sure they abide by safety regulations and follow any immunisation instructions.

Workplace immunisation programmes will not only help protect staff from illness, they will also protect those in their care and should also help to reduce absenteeism in the workplace.

Such prevention programmes should also encourage staff to practise good hygiene, seek appropriate treatment if experiencing symptoms and stay at home when unwell.

A workplace immunisation programme will also signal a clear message to your employees that their health and safety is of paramount important and that they understand their statutory responsibilities towards their workforce. 

Immunisations required to protect workers from workplace infection are covered by COSHH Regulations 2002.  These regulations require management records to be kept of compliance activities which includes training records, PPE and vaccination histories.

MOHS vaccination programmes

Our experienced nurses will deliver a workplace vaccination and recall system where vaccination forms part of your risk management strategy. 

Information can also be provided as well as training for employees, line managers and health and safety representative about infection risks.

If you are unsure about whether vaccination is appropriate, our nurses can discuss your risk assessments, provide advice about particular infections, potential transmission / infection routes, control measures and personal protective equipment.

Call for more information on 0121 601 4041 or email traceygroves@mohs.co.uk

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