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If your staff complete safety-critical tasks, such as operating plant, many clients will insist they have a “fit for work” medical.   What’s to know?


Capabilities. In 2010 the National Industry Scheme Constructing Better Health recommended regular health checks for those completing safety-critical tasks, such as operating plant and machinery, work at height, and for slinger signallers, banksmen, etc.


The medical check ensures that the individual is fit for work, i.e. their eyesight, hearing etc. is of a standard that won’t put themselves or others at risk when completing their duties.


Nothing happened. Although the research was published in 2010, it was largely ignored until summer 2017. Some companies have now started to follow this guidance and are insisting that medical checks are completed.


Who’s leading this? Larger contractors in particular are maintaining that those who operate plant or machinery, or complete tasks that could be deemed safety-critical, should not do so until they can produce evidence of a medical.


Warning. Many subcontractors only find out about this new rule when they arrive on site. This means that instead of starting work they have to find an occupational health practitioner (OHP) to complete medical checks for them. Plus, to complicate matters, not all contractors are following the same rules. Some are insisting that checks must have taken place within the last twelve months, while others are taking a more relaxed approach.


Tip. If your staff are due to complete safety-critical tasks on a client’s site, check the medical requirements beforehand.


 (Source  -  Tips & Advice Health & Safety  Year 16 Issue 02)


ROHS can help you with this.  See attached our Information Sheet on this service along with the the Constructing Better Health’s Health Matrix.


File: Information Sheet for Safety Critical Assessments.pdf


File: Safety Critical Health Assessment Matrix.pdf