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Working At Height

Medical assessments are carried out to ensure an individual is fit to work in a specific environment.  People who Work at Height such as Industrial Abseilers, Riggers, Telecommunications Engineers and more, may require a medical to check their fitness for their specific work.

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Working At Height

Do my employees require a “Working at Height Medical?”

The answer to this question can be found in your risk assessment. Hopefully, your risk assessment will have identified all of the hazards in your workplace, who is at risk and the measures you can take to control the risks. Where some risk remains and there is likely to be harm caused to your employees, you will need to take further steps.

My employees only work at height occasionally, do they still require this?

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to state that all employees who work at height should undergo a medical assessment, to reduce the risk of falls, injury and death, caused by a fall from height. If you are still unsure whether this medicine is for you, please contact our lovely office ladies on 01455 243700 and they will advise you accordingly. 

The Regulations apply to all work at height, where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers and those who control any work at height activity (such as facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height).

As part of the Regulations, you must ensure:

  • All work is properly planned and organised.
  • Those involved in work at height are competent.
  • The risks are assessed, and appropriate work equipment is selected and used.
  • The risks of working on or near fragile surfaces are properly managed.
  • The equipment used is properly inspected and maintained.

Source: https://www.hse.gov.uk/work-at-height/faqs.htm


What’s included in the medical?

The main assessments included are:

  • General Health (Weight, Height, BMI, BP, Pulse, Urinalysis for Proteins & Sugars, Finger Prick test for Glucose and Cholesterol).
  • Audiometry (Hearing Test).
  • Respiratory (Lung Function).
  • Vision.
  • Musculoskeletal.
  • Previous Medical History Questionnaire.

On completion of the medical, a fitness certificate is issued advising the results. Medical fails are notified verbally on the day and results will be sent via email within 48 hours. Details of an individual’s medical assessments and the information given within individual questionnaires will be treated in confidence and are fully compliant with the Data Protection Act.


Why should I choose Healthscreen Ltd?

Healthscreen UK began in 1992 as a Nationwide Occupational Health Provider based in Leicestershire, covering England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Healthscreen UK provides high quality, flexible and cost-effective occupational health solutions. We are a SEQOHS accredited company which stands for Safe, Effective Quality Occupational Health Service. A SEQOHS accreditation is a formal recognition that an occupational health service provider has demonstrated that it has the competence to deliver against the measures in the SEQOHS standards. Read more about SEQOHS here: https://www.seqohs.org/

For more information on working at height medicals please visit: https://www.healthscreenuk.co.uk/services/working-at-height-medical/

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