An appointed doctor is a registered medical practitioner appointed by HSE to undertake statutory medical surveillance.
Employers have a legal duty to ensure employees are under medical surveillance by an appointed doctor, if they work with specific hazards and undertake certain work activities covered by the following relevant regulations:
The doctor’s role is to inform employees of early signs of potential health problems caused by the work they are doing, advise them on whether further exposure to the particular hazard is appropriate and make the employer aware of any emerging issues so they can review their risk assessment and ensure risks to their employees’ health are properly controlled.
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HSE website, 2015
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