Safety critical medicals for private individuals
A safety critical or fit to work medical is essential when working in potentially hazardous environments and high risk settings. These are roles such as; plant operators, scaffolding worker, road worker (particularly motorways), traffic marshals, slinger, banksman, signallers, employees working at height, mechanical handling equipment workers and fork lift truck drivers as well as tunnel and confined space workers. In these roles a safety critical medical is important as the ill health of a worker can impact their ability to carry out a task safely and could pose a risk to not only the safety of the worker but the safety of their colleagues also.
OH3 is a SEQOHS Accredited clinic, SEQOHS (Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service) is run by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and ensures a high quality occupational health service and rigorous clinical governance in our practise when conducting our SEQOHS safety critical worker and other medicals.
Typically a safety critical worker medical is necessary for private individuals who need to prove that they are fit to work before gaining a contract to work on, for example; a construction site for a larger company, but who are not directly employed by that organisation and remain self-employed during their work in the safety critical setting.
Below you can see what is involved with our safety critical worker and fit to work medicals:
An OH3 SEQOHS safety critical medical is initially carried out with a health questionnaire to determine any current or previous medical history. This is to ascertain if there is any evidence of ill health reported and if evidence of ill health is indeed reported, then these conditions should be stable or controlled and should not pose a threat to safety performing safety critical work.
Following on from this initial questionnaire a blood pressure, hearing, respiratory, visual acuity and colour perception, mental health, mobility and coordination assessment will be carried out, with reporting of musculoskeletal or neurological disorders and if requested a drug and alcohol screen (if applicable). In addition to this a check for evidence of over the counter medication that would be likely to cause symptoms that would pose a risk in a safety critical role would also be undertaken.
The medical will be conducted by one of our OH3 Occupational Health Nurses at our clinic and may be referred onto our Occupational Health Physician if there are doubts about a person’s fitness to carry out safety critical work. It is recommended that safety critical and fit to work medicals are carried out every three years, but reviews can be conducted sooner if directed by the OH Nurse. Consent both to complete the medical and return the fitness certificate, as well as consent for advice about adjustments or restrictions if necessary will also be obtained.
Construction industry medicals for companies
As well as safety critical medicals carried out for private individuals, OH3 can also arrange safety critical and fit to work medicals for companies that require these medicals for their workforce. Employers have a duty of care to safeguard the ill health of their employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It is essential that employers determine whether the ill health of an employee could jeopardise their safety and the safety of others whilst at work in a safety critical role. Employers in the construction industry must ensure that their employees do not currently have medical conditions that could result in poor balance and coordination, potential loss of consciousness or impairment of mobility, as this could put themselves and other employees in danger whilst working in a potentially hazardous construction environment.
OH3 provides the full remit of services to the construction industry so they can comply with health and safety legislation and deliver safety critical medical assessments for their employees. We will work closely with your organisation to identify health risks, ensuring that employees remain fit to carry out safety critical tasks. We can look after the employee health of large multi-site organisations or provide smaller sub-contractors with the services they require in order to work for the larger organisations.
The services that we can provide for employers in the construction industry can be tailored to the specific needs of your organisation and can include the medicals below and well as others that may be required:
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Occupational health service testimonials
Below is feedback from our occupational health clients, which is collected and verified as part of receiving SEQOHS Accreditation:
“Always use OH3 the staff are great can’t fault them”
“Great friendly professional service, puts you at ease”
“I cant’ thank you and your staff enough for the help, assistance and resolution of my predicament”
“I have referred a client for your occupational health services on a few occasions now, and both my client and I have been really impressed with the level of service we have received”