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One of the key factors to maintaining a successful, productive business is supporting your workforce health and wellbeing. Making sure they are comfortable and capable in their role and able to complete their role safely and effectively.

As an employer, one important way to ensure the safety of your employees is to perform necessary health checks such as Fit For Work medicals. These simple, effective medicals will support your team from the moment you employ them.

Make sure you are protecting your company and your workforce with a Fit For Work medical, provided by David Barber Occupational Health, Derby.

What is a Fit for Work Medical Assessment?

A Fitness for Work Medical is a health assessment carried out to check whether a person can do a particular job or task. This type of medical assessment determines whether a member of your workforce is mentally and physically fit for their role.

They are carried out by occupational health professionals, with assessments made on a case-by-case basis. This ensures they are objective, supportive and benefit both the company and the employee.

Why do you need a fit for work medical assessment?

As an employer, it is your legal obligation to minimise the risks that your workforce face in their work environment. Fitness For Work assessments can play an important part in keeping your workers safe – they can identify and address any struggles a worker may be facing that affect their ability to safely carry out a specific job.

There are a number of reasons why fit for work assessments are necessary, some of these include:

  • To protect employees at work, and to ensure they can carry out their job safely and in line with government regulations and guidelines.
  • To determine whether any medical conditions they have could affect their ability to carry out their job safely and effectively.
  • Could their medical condition be made worse by the job and responsibilities?
  • Is their working environment a risk to them personally based on their condition?
  • Does their condition have the ability to put themselves, or others, at risk within their role?

Who needs a Fit for Work Medical Assessment?

A whole range of employees can benefit from a Fit For Work assessment, but they are most commonly carried out in these situations:

  • If you are recruiting a new worker for the role, as part of pre-employment medical testing.
  • If you have an employee whose job role is changing. As with a new job, you still need to assess their fitness and suitability for the new range of tasks.
  • If an employee has had a sickness absence following an injury or long term ill health, their capabilities may have changed. In which case, a medical assessment is advised to assess whether they are still able to perform the duties defined by their job role. This should be completed on top of an NHS issued fit note.

If you are wondering whether pre-employment health checks apply to your business, or if it’s important for you to have Fit To Work medicals carried out on your workforce, get in touch with our team and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Do I need a Fit for Work Medical Assessment?

You may decide to seek a Fitness For Work assessment for yourself if you meet any of the criteria set out above. For example, if you have recently returned to work after a period of ill health, or if you are starting a role.

This process is about supporting you in your role, and protecting you and your colleagues from unnecessary risk – it is not a cause for concern. Getting the assessment done through a high-quality occupational health service, you can be confident you will get all the advice and support you need.

If you think you would benefit from a Fit For Work assessment or would like to know more about what they entail you can contact our expert occupational health team for support and advice.

What does a Fit for Work Medical Assessment Involve?

The exact nature of a Fit For Work assessment can be tailored to meet the needs of certain jobs, workers or workplaces. In general, these medicals will involve the following:

  • Audio testing
  • General health screening including blood pressure and BMI checks
  • Skin checks
  • Lung function testing
  • Hand and Arm Vibration screenings (HAVS)

If applicable, they may also involve:

  • Night shift screening
  • Drivers screening and vision testing

If you have any questions or wish to discuss which tests will be suitable for your workforce, you can contact our occupational health team for further information.

How long will a Fit for Work Medical Assessment take?

Depending on the range of tests included in the assessment and the medical conditions the employee may have, the process will take around 45 minutes.

How much does a Fit for Work Assessment Cost?

The cost of a Fitness To Work medical can vary, depending on the number of tests carried out, the conditions we assess, and the health and safety concerns in the workplace itself.

For bespoke advice on how much these medicals might cost for your business, contact our team directly.

Can you fail a Fit for Work Medical Assessment?

Regardless of why the Fit For Work medical is being carried out, there are three outcomes you can receive from this type of health assessment.

  • Fit – The individual has been deemed fully fit to carry out their role.
  • Un-fit – Unfortunately, the employee isn’t fit to carry out their role.
  • Fit with restrictions in place – The employee can carry out their role and responsibilities, with certain restrictions or supports in place. Our team will be able to give more information on what these restrictions or supports are.

How long does a Fit for Work Medical Last?

Fitness To Work medicals are usually conducted in specific situations, such as a new job role or a return to work after a prolonged period of sick leave.

This means there is no set length of validity for the results. If you are supporting a worker returning after a sickness absence, you may wish to engage in longer-term health surveillance and run the assessment again after 3 months, 6 months, etc depending on the nature of the illness. This can provide peace of mind for both you and your employee, ensuring they remain medically fit to complete their duties. This is good practice as a support for your staff and should not be seen as a cause of stress.

You may also wish to consider wider health surveillance for your workforce. This can be beneficial in any industry as it can help monitor and support your employees’ general health and wellbeing.

Statutory Workplace Medical Assessments

Health surveillance is required by law in some places of work. The HSE provides industry-specific guidance, which will help to give you a better idea of whether your business is legally obliged to carry it out. Alternative, you can also contact our team directly for advice.

In general, medical surveillance is a legal requirement for workplaces exposing employees to any of the following:

  • Asbestos
  • Compressed air
  • Hazardous substances
  • Ionising radiation
  • Lead

Particularly hazardous work environments can also be classed as Safety-Critical. These are specific tasks or environments where any worker impairment could cause significant risk to the employee or the public.

It is your legal obligation to provide a Safety Critical Medical for any worker carrying out any work or task defined as ‘safety-critical’.

Where can I get a Fit for Work Medical Assessment?

Health surveillance and fit to work medicals should form a regular part of the occupational health support of any company. Luckily, these medicals are easy and convenient to provide.

If you want to engage a high-quality occupational health service in the East Midlands, David Barber Occupational Health Ltd. can provide an onsite fit for work medical in Derby and the surrounding area, with scope to travel further upon agreement.

So if you wish to book a Fit for Work Medical Assessment in Derby, contact us today.


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