Fitness for work

‘Fit for work’ or ‘Fitness to work’ is a medical assessment done when an employer wishes to be sure an employee can safely do a specific job or task.

The purpose is to determine medically if the employee has an increased risk of sudden, intermittent, or permanent incapacity that is like to result in a significant risk of harm to the employee performing the task, or to others.

Pre-employment or pre-placement health screening are intended to ensure that people are placed in suitable work and that reasonable adjustments on the grounds of disability are able to be made. They should be completed after a conditional offer (subject to occupational health assessment) has been made.

There are legal duties to carry out pre-employment health assessments for individuals where there is an identified risk covered by:

  • Asbestos at Work Regulations.
  • Control of Lead at Work Regulations.
  • The Work in Compressed Air Regulations.
  • The Quarry Act.

Baseline health surveillance is also recommended for individuals exposed to significant levels of silica, noise and hand transmitted vibration.

We offer:

  • Mobile Device Friendly questionnaires tailored to the identified job risks
  • Quick triage and appointment response times if required
  • Outcome report for management with instant release via bespoke portal following consent from employee.
  • Tied into baseline health surveillance requirements at customer’s request

Where someone’s ability to do their job is affected by their health, or someone’s health is affected by their job, an occupational health referral is recommended.

We offer:

  • Bespoke referral and robust consenting process
  • Biopsycho-social assessment with specialist trained health professionals
  • Professional advice on fitness for work and workplace adjustments
  • Health and rehabilitation advice for employees
  • Actionable reports uploaded onto the portal within 2 working days

Health issues can affect how individuals perform and sudden negative health incidents could prove disastrous in certain workplaces and undertaking certain jobs.

Safety Critical Work are activities where, because of the risks to the individuals concerned, or to others, the employees need to have full, unimpaired control of their physical and / or mental capabilities.

We recommend that customers consider the potential effects of an individual suffering from the following health conditions or unwanted side effects from medical treatment as part of their risk assessment.

  • sudden loss of consciousness
  • impairment of awareness or concentration
  • impairment of judgement and insight
  • sudden incapacity
  • impairment of balance or co-ordination
  • significant limitation of mobility
  • significant limitation of communication ability
  • significant limitation of visual acuity or field of vision

Where there are significant concerns, a fitness to work standard should be identified.

We offer:

  • safety critical worker medicals against identified standards
  • integrated health surveillance and safety critical medicals to reduce costs and logistical burden and ensure legal compliance
  • Health, safety and wellbeing advice for employees
  • convenient and hygienic mobile screening units for on-site provision
  • portal based recall system and management reporting to ensure GDPR compliance

Fitness to drive medicals are recommended to ensure your employees meet the legal DVLA standards.

We offer:

  • Medicals in line with DVLA Medical Fitness to Drive standards
  • Mobile screening vans and Brighouse based clinic with fitted with COVID security measures for a safe testing environment
  • Drugs and alcohol testing optional
  • Outcome report for management with instant release via bespoke portal following consent from employee.

We recommend HGV / PSV license renewals are undertaken by the driver’s GP so that access to all medical records are available.

Employers must offer employees a free health assessment before they become a night worker. Employees do not have to accept.

The employee must get a follow-up examination by a health professional when an employer is unsure if the employee is fit for night work.

A repeat assessment must be offered regularly.

We offer:

  • Mobile Device Friendly questionnaires deployed through the portal
  • Quick triage and appointment response times if required
  • Outcome report for management with instant release via bespoke portal following consent from employee if required.
  • Audit record of dates when the night worker assessment were offered to the employees.

These are statutory medicals which must be undertaken by an Occupational Physician and can be arranged at our site in Brighouse, Regionally, or your site.

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Fit to Work Assessments

Fit to work assessments are done after the offer of employment; following sickness absence, accident or notification of health problems; periodically where heightened levels of risk are associated with specific working conditions or activities.

Your risk assessment should be used to identify any working conditions or activities that require periodic fitness for work medicals or higher than normal fit to work standards.

Any fitness to work assessment should consider reasonable adjustments and be compliant with Equality Legislation.

Some professional or legislative bodies specify medical fitness for work standards. These standards include:

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