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ICO publishes guidance for employers on processing workers’ health data

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new employment practices and data protection guidance on handling information about workers’ health. Health information is some of the most sensitive personal information that employers handle about their workers – so it’s important to get it right.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new employment practices and data protection guidance on handling information about workers’ health.

Health information is some of the most sensitive personal information that employers handle about their workers – so it’s important to get it right.

The new detailed information about workers’ health guidance will support and empower employers to understand how they can comply with their data protection obligations when they’re collecting and using workers’ health information.

The guidance will look at data protection responsibilities and consider more specific personal information handling scenarios. It also includes practical advice on:

  • handling sickness and injury records;
  • occupational health schemes;
  • medical examinations and testing, including for drugs and alcohol;
  • genetic testing;
  • health monitoring; and
  • sharing workers’ information.

There are also checklists to help employers consider their various data protection considerations.

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