Safety Critical Medical

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As an employer, you have the duty of care to prevent the ill-health of your workers under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Because of this law, you need to be sure that for workers undertaking safety critical tasks or working onsite, they are not suffering from any medical conditions or undergoing medical treatment that could affect their ability to work safely. The best way to ensure compliance is through a safety critical medical.

What is a safety critical medical?

An employee needs to be fit for work in whatever job they do. To determine whether an individual is fit enough to undertake safety critical tasks as part of their job, they need to be medically assessed by a professional. This assessment will indicate whether their health poses a significant risk to their health and safety, and the health and safety of others. They also help to protect your employees by early detection of possible disease and other adverse health changes.

Safety critical workers should not have ill health which causes, or leads to, impairment of awareness, loss of concentration, sudden loss of consciousness or incapacity, loss of balance, loss of coordination or a limitation of mobility.

Who needs a safety critical medical?

Tasks that are classed as safety critical can be dangerous, and require workers to be competent and in good health. Individuals working in the following professions require safety critical medicals in order to ensure their medical suitability for the role (this may include all workers entering site, whether their roles are safety critical or not):

  • Forklift truck drivers
  • Employees working at heights
  • Employees working in confined spaces
  • Workers operating plant machinery
  • Roadside workers
  • Drivers
  • Night workers
  • Lone workers
  • Mobile plant operators
  • Construction workers

What do safety critical medical assessments involve?

The safety critical medical assessment we carry out will ultimately depend on the type of job role and the risks associated with it. The assessment elements can include:

How much does a safety critical medical test cost?

The cost per medical is £150.00, which also includes the fit for work certificate. If required, we can also include drug and alcohol testing which is priced at £85.00.

How long do safety-critical assessments take, and how long do they last?

The medical normally takes around 45-60 minutes, and can be carried out by our specialist team at our office in Shardlow, or onsite if that works better for you. Upon the completion of the assessment, we will issue the individual with a Safety Critical Medical Certificate outlining the decision, which may include certain restrictions to their role. We would recommend that the employee has the medical on an annual basis as a lot can change in a year.

What will my safety critical certificate look like?

Following the assessment, we will typically report one of the following outcomes depending on the findings:

  • Fit
  • Unfit
  • Fit with restrictions

What do I need to bring with me?

For your safety medical test, you should bring a form of identification (such as a drivers licence or passport) and information about any medication you are taking. This will allow us to make informed decisions about your health.

Book a safety critical medical with us

If you are searching for ‘safety critical medical near me’, then you have come to the right place. With the choice of onsite tests, we can provide your company and its workers with the compliance required by law for the protection of their health and safety.

To find out more and book a safety critical medical (SCM), speak to our team.

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