Safety Critical Medicals

Workare offers Safety Critical Medicals that comply with National Standards including Constructing Better Health and we can ensure that your company is compliant with contractor requirements. This is a cost effective way of ensuring that your workers are fit to carry out their jobs.

What Are Safety Critical Worker Medicals? ( Fit For Work Medicals )

The term ‘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.”

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 says that “under current health and safety legislation, employers have a duty of care to prevent the ill-health of their workers.This is particularly relevant to those carrying out safety-critical tasks. It is important that safety-critical workers are not suffering from medical conditions or undergoing any medical treatment which is likely to cause sudden loss of consciousness or incapacity, impairment of awareness, concentration, balance or coordination or significant limitation of mobility.”

Who Needs A Safety Critical Worker Medical?

Who Needs A Safety Critical Worker Medical?

If you are working or have workers who tasks include working with operating plant machinery, scaffolding and at height, roadside construction or in a dangerous environment it is essentional that they are healthy. By having a Safety Critical Worker medical you will make sure that the worker is fit for the job with no risks being taken.

In the construction industry the following roles have been defined as ‘safety critical’:

  • FLT Driver
  • Driver and Mechanical Handling Equipment Operator
  • Plant Operator
  • Scaffolder/Rigger
  • Roadside (high speed)
  • Tunnelling worker
  • Slinger/Signaller/Banksman/Traffic Marshall
  • Confined Space
  • Working at Heights

Workare Ltd Are Accredited With The Highest Standards For Safety Critical Worker Medicals

Workare Ltd is a SEQOHS accredited Occupational Health service provider (OHSP) and provide the highest standard of medical assessment. We not only meet HSE requirements we exceed them!

Safety Critical Worker Medical ( Fit For Work ) Consists Off:

  • A baseline Safety Critical Worker health questionnaire to establish any current or previous medical/psychological health history
  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Height, Weight & Body Mass
  • Audiometry (Hearing test)
  • Spirometry (Lung function) test
  • Visual Acuity, colour vision and peripheral vision screen
  • Urinalysis for diabetes or other health issues
  • Muscular skeletal assessment
  • Mental health assessment

The requirement for this type of medical can vary depending on the job you are doing. You can have drug and alcohol testing , night worker assessment , dermatology & HAVS (Hand arm vibration assessment).

Other Information On Safety Critical Worker Medicals

How long does it take?

A standard Safety Critical Worker Medical can take around 45 mins & with extra add ons like Drug & Alcohol it can can take around 1 hour 30 mins – 2 hours. It all depends on what you are required to have for your job so the amount of time can vary quite a bit.

How often do i have a safety critical worker medical?

How often you have your Safety Critical Worker Medical depends on two factors which are the risks of your job and age! For anyone under the age of 54 years old you have to have the medical renewed every 3 years. For anyone between 55-65 years old its every 2 years and anyone over the age of 65 years old has to have it done annually.

What do i have to bring with me?

When you are having your medical you will need to bring a form of ID ( Driver’s Licence or Passport ) , Any exsisting CBH card & any information regarding any medication you are on.

For all enquires relating to Safety Critical/Fit for Work Medicals, please contact Workare Ltd on 01656 656595 or go to our Safety Critical Worker medical page and fill out a contact form at

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