Medicals

Fork Lift Truck Medicals – FLT HSS can offer a comprehensive screening program for all types of drivers for example Fork Lift Truck, Cherry Pickers as well as vocational (company car) drivers. HSS recommend that testing is completed on new employees before they commence employment and at regular intervals throughout their employment to minimise risk. DVLA regulations state that group two and three licence holders need to undergo a fitness check due to the potentially more serious consequences of an accident. DVLA guidelines on frequency of assessment are as follows:

  • On application for the licence
  • Before Commencement of Work
  • On renewal of the licence
  • At the age of 45, and every five years thereafter
  • Fork-lift truck drivers’ fitness requirements include good eyesight, adequate hearing and reasonable head and neck mobility

Category two and three medicals screen for the following conditions:

  • Epilepsy and other neurological conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Psychiatric illness
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Blood pressure
  • Musculoskeletal disease which may interfere with vehicle control

Sickness Absence / Management Referral Medicals HSS can complete assessments on individuals who have Long Term Sickness Absence or Long Term Health conditions that may or not be affected by work. HSS can investigate If there are any health concerns affecting the individual with performance issues and give specific advice to individuals who have health issues to either remain at work or return to work after a period of sickness. As well as conducting the medical review any recommendations to the employer is included as standard and management will be kept fully updated. If additional information is required from a specialist or GP, HSS will facilitate this. Upon completion of the Referral Medical, a ‘Fitness to Work Certificate ‘will be issued. Night Workers Medical The Working Time Regulations 1999 provide workers with certain entitlements. These include special protections for night workers who must be offered free and confidential Health Assessments before starting work and on a regular basis throughout their employment or as appropriate to the individual. The Working Time Regulations state that a Night Worker is someone who normally works at least three hours at night. Night time is between 11pm and 6am, although workers and employers may agree to vary this. A paper screening questionnaire or an Online Questionnaire can be completed. This will then be assessed by one of our Occupational Health Advisors, taking into account the type of work that will be done and the restrictions on the worker's working time under the regulations. If necessary this can then be followed up with a medical examination if doubts are raised as to the employee's fitness for night work. HSS have found that many clients prefer to undertake this Medical instead of completing a questionnaire Any adjustments or safer work practices can then be recommended to the employer, to ensure that the employee’s health is not being put at any risk. A Certificate of Fitness with any recommendations on it will then be provided to the company. The Night Worker Medical Assessment is there to ensure that employees are not put at risk as a consequence of working the Night Shift; it is in place to ensure that they do not have an existing medical condition that may not be compatible with night work, this is especially important if you are a Young Worker. The medical conditions that are taken into consideration with respect to their effect on an employee's suitability for Night Work include:

  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart disease
  • Intestinal problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid or glandular disease
  • Mental illness
  • Chronic sleep problems
  • Back, joint and neck problems
  • Asthma and pulmonary disorders

Young Persons Medical This Medical Risk Assessment is to ensure that all persons under the age of 18 are physically and mentally fit/mature to undertake their assigned duties and those restrictions or controls are put in place to protect their Health and Safety in the work place. A Young Persons medical includes: A Medical and Risk Assessment, Blood Pressure & Pulse and Urinalysis. All Recommendations will be passed on to Management. Pregnancy and Workstation (DSE) Risk Assessment Display screen equipment (DSE) refers to any work equipment which has a screen that displays information. Surveys have found that high proportions of DSE workers report aches, pains or eye discomfort. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations aim to protect the health of people who work with DSE. The regulations were introduced because DSE has become one of the commonest kinds of work equipment. For Expectant Mothers, the HSE recommends a specific risk assessment depending on the role, the person’s health and the stage of the pregnancy. A large number of employees using DSE can be made more comfortable, and therefore more productive, by taking just a few simple precautions. Workplace Risk Assessment Individuals can be referred to occupational health for an assessment of their workplace. This will be completed by an Occupational Health advisor in the first instance and assessment will include a discussion about the individuals Health, Ergonomic Assessment and an Environmental Assessment. Benefits of using this service include:

  • You can better understand the risks associated with in your workplace
  • HSS can recommend that employees are transferred to other duties as a strategy for helping them back to work
  • HSS can help you prevent future problems arising

The Risk Assessment report can also act as a foundation for future Health Surveillance Programmes. Exit / Retirement Medicals To determine whether an individual is likely to meet the criteria for Ill Health Retirement will vary on a case by case basis. It is usual for evidence to include an Assessment of Capability, matched to the requirements of the job role, as well as medical evidence about the illness or injury. In most cases of Ill Health Retirement medical evidence can be obtained by examining the patient and possibly acquiring reports from the patients GP or Specialist with prior consent through an ‘Access to Medical’ form. Prior to an Ill Health Retirement Assessment all reasonable adjustments should have been covered to accommodate the patient’s disability or illness, as well as opportunities for redeployment. On completion a ‘Fitness to Work’ Certificate will be issued Working at Heights Medical The purpose of a working at heights medical assessment is to ensure the employee does not have any medical condition which could result in injury to themselves or others while working at heights i.e. risk of falling. Confined Space Medical Confined space medical assessment is to ensure the employee does not have any medical condition which could expose them to a higher degree of risk or result in injury to themselves or others while in confined spaces i.e. heart condition, epilepsy etc. Lead Workers Medical Lead Workers medical assessments take approximately 30 minutes and include: A full confidential questionnaire, a medical assessment and includes Urinalysis or blood test. All documentation is passed on to Management with any recommendations.

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