The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
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.
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.
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.”
The following roles have been defined as ‘Safety Critical’:
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:
Additions can include, night worker assessment and HAVS (Hand-arm vibration assessment).
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 long the certificate of fitness is valid for depends on two factors, workplace risk and age group:
The medical assessment is required annually, for the certificate to remain valid for X number of years.
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.