Occupational Health Privacy Notice
Data Privacy Notice for Staff
How City, University of London Occupational Health Service uses your information
We keep your occupational health (OH) records confidential and process your information in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and with the General Data Protection Regulation. We hold your OH record so that we can provide occupational health advice.
- We provide reports to your manager (employer) and HR about your fitness to work including results of statutory health surveillance relevant to your job e.g. hearing tests and of any adjustments required to support you in work. We also provide advice on adjustments to accommodate a disability or health condition. This is only done with your explicit informed consent.
- The staff counselling service provides professional psychological support.
- We will share relevant information from your occupational health record with other service providers when making a referral e.g. for physiotherapy. This will be with your explicit informed consent.
- You have the right to object to information being shared. You also have the right to have any mistakes or errors corrected.
Other important information about how your information is used
- We will also use your information so that we can check and review the quality of service we provide. This helps us to improve our services to you.
- We use your anonymized data to provide reports on service activity to Audit and Risk Committee
We respect your right to confidentiality and have both a legal and professional obligation to protect your information. The exception is if there is public interest or a legal obligation to disclose information.
- Sometimes we need to share information so that other people, including healthcare staff, children or others with safeguarding needs, are protected from risk of harm.
- These circumstances are rare.
- We do not need your consent or agreement to do this.
- We may also be required to disclose information by a court of law
We are required by law to provide you with the following information about how we handle your information.
Data Controller contact details
City, University of London
|Data Protection Officer contact details||William Jordan|
Purpose of the processing
|Lawful basis for processing|
These purposes are supported under the following section of the GDPR:
Article 9(2)(h) ‘necessary for the purposes of preventative or occupational medicine for the assessment of the working capacity of the employee, medical diagnosis, the provision of health or social care or treatment or the management of health or social care systems and services...” OH staff will also respect and comply with their obligations under the common law duty of confidence.
What data do we hold?
|We collect a range of information in order to accurately identify you and undertake an occupational health assessment including health information.|
Recipient or categories of recipients of the processed data
The data will be shared with:
Rights to object
|Right to access and correct|
|The occupational health service has a record retention policy. Records will normally be deleted 6 years after you cease employment with City. However if your role is has involved exposure to substances hazardous to health and we have undertaken health surveillance we are required to store them for 40 years and 30 years in the case of radiation exposure.|
Right to complain
You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. If you wish to complain follow this link https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/or call the helpline 0303 123 1113.