Safety Critical Medical
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
What are Safety Critical Worker Medicals?
Safety Critical medicals are in-depth medicals designed to ensure anyone who may be undertaking safety-critical tasks is fit to do so to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
Why do you need them?
Under current health and safety legislation, employers have a duty of care to prevent ill-health or injury of their workers. This is particularly relevant to those carrying out safety-critical tasks and those around them.
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.
What is Safety Critical Work?
The term ‘Safety Critical Work’ is defined as:
“Any work 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.”
Who Needs A Safety Critical Worker Medical?
The following roles have been defined as ‘Safety Critical’:
- Asbestos Licensed Worker
- Construction Worker (non-railway)
- LGV / HGV Driver
- Maritime Operative Specialist
- Driver and Mechanical Handling Equipment Operator
- Plant Operator (general, crane drive / mobile machine driver)
- Roadside (high speed)
- Tunneling worker
- Slinger/Signaller/Banksman/Traffic Marshall
- Steel Erector Structural / Fabricator
- Confined Space
- Working at Height
What happens in the Medical?
The exact tests for a safety critical medical can vary dependent on the job that the employee or prospective employee is due to undertake. However, there is a standard set of tests in the medical which consists of:
- A baseline health questionnaire to establish any current or previous medical/psychological health history
- General Health (Weight, Height, BMI, BP, Pulse, Urinalysis for Blood & Proteins, Finger Prick test for Glucose & Cholesterol)
- Audiometry (Hearing test)
- Respiratory (Lung function)
- Visual Acuity, colour vision and peripheral vision screen
- Dermatology (Skin check)
- Musculoskeletal / Mobility assessment
- Drug & Alcohol test (optional)
- Working at Height (optional)
- Confined Space (optional)
Additions can include, night worker assessment and HAVs (Hand-arm vibration assessment).
How long does the medical take?
The time taken for the Medical varies, depending on the requirements of the job involved. A standard medical can take up to 60 minutes.
How often do I have a medical?
How long the certificate of fitness is valid for depends on two factors, workplace risk and age group:
- Under 54 = Three years
- 55-65 = Two years
- 65+ = Annually
The medical assessment is required annually, for the certificate to remain valid for X number of years.
What do I have to bring with me?
You will be required to show a form of ID (Driver’s Licence or Passport), along with a completed questionnaire that is provided via email at the time of booking.