What health records relating to employees can an employer hold?

In 2022 the ICO launched a consultation on the Employment Practices Code. This Code provides guidance on the use of data in various aspects of work including recruitment, employment records, monitoring, and information about workers’ health.

Since then, the ICO has begun to put out to consultation new drafts of each section of the Code of Practice. Here is the link to the current consultation on the health records section.

The health records consultation looks at issues such as employers’ rights and obligations in relation to occupational health records, information from drug and alcohol testing, and other records that may be held relating to workers’ state of health.

The TUC is planning to submit a response with a deadline of the 26th January 2023. If any BECTU branches have anything that they’d like to add, please contact me.

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