The role of a fit for work assessment is to assess whether an employee is mentally and physically fit to carry out their job role, and the specific tasks that come as part of their role. Failing to have work medicals carried out not only puts your employees at increased risk, but also your business.
Deeming an individual fit to work is determined via a medical assessment, carried out by an occupational health service provider like David Barber Occupational Health. As part of this assessment, we will assess individuals on a case-by-case basis, according to their job role and in line with their medical history and/or needs. Our role is to investigate whether that person is fit to carry out their job or not, and whether measures can be put in place to protect them in their role. Make sure you are protecting your business and your workforce with fit for work medicals provided by DB Occupational Health.
There are a number of reasons why fit for work assessments are necessary, some of these include:
As well as keeping employees safe at work, fit for work assessments are absolutely necessary from an employment point of view to avoid litigation. We understand that there are many laws and regulations to think about, luckily we are able to ensure that you are acting in compliance with the rules and regulations for your industry. It’s our duty to ensure you are doing everything possible to keep both your employees and your business safe at all times.
You should make sure employees have their fit for work medical at the right time. Some of these include:
If you are wondering whether pre-employment health checks apply to your business, or whether it’s important for you to have fit for work medicals carried out, get in touch with our team and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
The tests and checks that are carried out within a fit for work medical depend on the type of test that is taking place, how this relates to a person’s job role and their own capabilities.
Regardless of the nature of the fit for work medical, there can only be three outcomes as a result:
Health surveillance and/or health & safety is required by law in some places of work. The HSE provides industry-specific guidance, which will help to give you a better idea on whether your business requires health surveillance and the next steps that you should take.
Medical surveillance is a legal requirement for workplaces exposing employees to any of the following:
Safety-critical medicals go one step further, they are a more in-depth medical which is used to determine if an individual undertaking safety-critical tasks is fit to do so, and can carry out their job safely without putting themselves or others at risk.
Safety-critical work is defined as “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.” CBH.
Those with the following roles have been defined as ‘Safety-Critical’:
If you would like to find out more about Fit For Work, or Safety-Critical Medicals, get in touch with our team. We’re here to answer any questions that you may have, find out costs and book you in at a time that suits you best.
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