At Workare we provide driver medicals that follow the HSE guideline standard for Fork lift Truck driver medical and car/van driver medicals.
Medical Standards Guidance For Employers
Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/personnel/medicalfitness.htm There is detailed advice on medical standards of fitness to drive in at a glance published by the Drivers Medical Unit of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) however, the DVLA does not have responsibility for licensing workplace transport drivers if they do not drive on public roads.
DVLA Guidance lists separate medical standards for:
- Group 1 ( holders of ordinary driving licence ).
- Group 2 ( Large goods vehicle (LGV) and public service vehicle (PSV) licence holders ).
Application Of Medical Standards
- Always judge a person’s fitness for operating a vehicle individually.
- Match the requirements of the driving task with the fitness and abilities of the driver.
- For most work, a standard equivalent to Group 1 will be appropriate.
- In some cases, however, a more stringent standard may be required such as Group 2 or Plant Operators Guidance.
How often should you carry out a Driver Medical?
- All existing and potential workplace transport operators should be screened for fitness at employment and at five-yearly intervals from age 40.
- Group 2 licences are renewable five-yearly from age 45 by a doctor.
- Group 2 after age 65 should have annual assessments for fitness by a doctor.
- We recommend assessment after an absence of more than one month or after a shorter absence if it is likely that the illness has affected the worker’s fitness to operate workplace transport.
- If a GP signs a worker off as fit to return to work, it may not be the same as fitness to operate workplace transport.
Workare Driver Assessments
- Detailed questionnaire driver specific.
- Clinical tests including blood pressure, vision, hearing and agility.
Note at Workare we measure against Group 2 criteria for all drivers of plant and workplace machines.
Questions the employer should think about
Are you satisfied that your drivers are sufficiently fit and healthy to drive safely and not put themselves or others at risk?
- Do drivers of heavy lorries, for which there are legal requirements for medical examination, have the appropriate medical certificate?
- Although there is no legal requirement, should those at-work drivers who are most at risk, also undergo regular medicals?
- Should staff that drive at work be reminded that they must be able to satisfy the eyesight requirements set out in the highway code?
- Have you told staff that they should not drive, or undertake other duties, while taking a course of medicine that might impair their judgement?