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Health Screening For New Employees

Occupational Health

Health Screening For New Employees

What are New Employee Health Assessments

Employment health assessments (or Fitness for Work Assessments) are undertaken to ensure that an applicant is fit to perform the tasks for which they are being employed without risk to their own or to others’ health and safety. The assessments/medicals must be undertaken after offer of employment to comply with the Equality Act.

Carrying out employment health assessments will help you comply with The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and The Equality Act. There are specific legislation and Codes of Practice that require pre-employment screening for certain professions, including:

  • teacher and those coming into regular contact with young persons under the age of  19
  • Health care professionals
  • Professional drivers (LGV, train, lift truck)
  • Food handlers
  • Confined spaces workers
  • Workers at Heights
  • Safety-Critical Workers;

Paper-based screening is normally carried out initially. If any medical issues are identified, a telephone consultation or a face to face assessment will be arranged with a qualified Occupational Health professional. The occupational health professional will review the duties, risks and medical requirements for the role and whether the applicant has any medical issue that could be affected by the duties and risks of the job.

The OH professional will provide a report within 48hrs to the company on any recommendations, adjustments and/or workplace modifications that could be taken to reduce the risk and put in place any restrictions for the applicant to be able to carry out the role safety.

Where can New Employee Health Assessments be Carried Out

As with most of our services, these can be at your workplace or our offices in Wootton Bassett. If it’s only a handful of people or individuals, then our office works well, otherwise, it makes sense to arrange at your workplace.

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Georgina Williams
April 21, 2022

John Williams Heating Services Ltd

We have worked with Safewell for many years and are retained clients, so we have developed an excellent working relationship with the team. However, this really came into its own when Covid 19 appeared.

As a Plumbing and Heating business, we were able to carry on working during the lockdown but only for responding to emergencies. We were obviously very concerned about the health and safety of our employees and before we even had chance to get in touch with Safewell, they had emailed us offering their assistance. It is hard to put down on paper how that made us feel - we like everyone else felt totally at sea, which way to turn, what to do? But Safewell were there guiding, supporting and being totally brilliant. Their attention to detail is very impressive and reassuring and we feel able to ask lots of questions without feeling silly.

During the pandemic Safewell helped us to write risk assessments, safety procedures and protocols. They kept in touch regularly, issuing new guidance as soon as it appeared and checking in with us. They held group Q&A sessions over Zoom which were helpful, and knowing other businesses were facing the same challenges and having the opportunity to discuss issues was invaluable. Their help during the preparation for a full return to work was brilliant, they enabled us to be fully prepared and feel in control, and when we had our first case of Covid within the team, because we had planned our response it felt ok.

I think our team felt very reassured by our robust approach and that our office was Covid secure.
We are extremely grateful to all the team at Safewell

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