Introduction and purpose.

28 June 2022

The healthcare medical centre for health surveillance is a medical specialty within the Occupational Health and Safety Department of the University, according to Act 31 of 8th November 1995 on Prevention of Occupational Risks and regulated by Royal Decree 39/1997 of 17th January, by virtue of which The Regulations for Prevention Services are approved, in order to guarantee occupational health of workers.

Occupational health aims at: the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations; the prevention amongst workers of departures from health caused by their working conditions; the protection of workers in their employment from risks resulting from factors adverse to health; the placing and maintenance of the worker in an occupational environment adapted to his physiological and psychological capabilities; and, to summarize, the adaptation of work to man and of each man to his job.

Workers’ health surveillance is an essential task in preventive occupational health care. Workers’ health surveillance is linked to the surveillance of occupational hazards present at the workplace, and is appropriate to the specific risk in the individual enterprise. Since health surveillance is handled by occupational health services professional expertise, independence and impartiality as well as workers’ privacy and confidentiality of individual health information are ensured.

Medical examinations are the most commonly used means of health assessments of individual workers.  These examinations are carried out on employees prior to employment, if the job entails health hazards, or if it involves special health requirements.

In a complementary way, the health surveillance service provides medical and emergency care on the Elche Campus.