Safety Critical Medicals and Fitness for Work

GOHS offer a number of medical check ups to ensure that your staff are fit to work.

Our Fitness for Work medicals assess whether an employee is able to work safely without putting themselves or those around them at risk.  All of the below medicals can be undertaken by one of our qualified occupational health team.

Driver Medicals - i.e. forklift truck driver medicals

These should be carried out every three years to coincide with refresher training, unless an occupational health professional has advised otherwise. They should also be carried out following an accident at work opperating a lifting truck. If there has been a prolonged period of absence (more than four weeks) then a medical will be required, as well as at any point that an employee's fitness to operate a forklift truck.

Fitness for working at height

Height is defined by HSE as a place “at height” if (unless the Regulations are followed) a person could be injured falling from it, even if it is at or below ground level. Workers to which this may apply are aerial riggers, crane drivers, builders, roof workers, deep level workers, who may be required to climb steep vertical ladders, often within confined spaces.

The frequency of assessment for those under 50 years of age is every two years, and after the age of 50 is annual. Similarly to the driver medicals, employees must be assessed after an accident at work, prolonged absence or if there is any question about their fitness to work at height.

Food Handler Fitness Screening

The Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 place an obligation on all food businesses to conduct their business in such a way so as to prevent food contamination.

Confined Space Medical

A confined space can be any space which is enclosed with limited access and egress and where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances or dangerous conditions, for example lack of oxygen within or near to that space. The frequency of assessments is every five years under the age of 50, after which annual assessments are required.

Fit for Task – Safety Critical Worker Medicals

Under current Health and Safety legislation, employers have a duty of care to safeguard the health and safety of their employees. This is particularly relevant to those carrying out safety-critical tasks. It is important that safety-critical workers are not suffering from medical conditions or undergoing any medical treatment which is likely to cause sudden loss of consciousness or incapacity, impairment of awareness, concentration, balance or coordination or significant limitation of mobility.

The term ‘safety critical work’ is defined as:

“Where the ill health of an individual may compromise their ability to undertake a task defined as safety critical, thereby posing a significant risk to the health and safety of others.” (CBH, 2015).
A medical, such as a fitness-for-task health check, as identified in the National Industry Standards for Occupational Health and Constructing Better Health, will go a long way towards ensuring these legal requirements are met.

Our Safety critical work health assessments may cover:

• Eyesight
• Hearing
• Respiratory / Lung function test
• Blood Pressure check
• Urinalysis (check for Diabetes) or paper screen
• Musculoskeletal assessment
• General Health review/questionnaire

Our medicals are accepted by the majority of contractors, such as Costain’s, Keir and Balfour Beatty.