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 Frequently Asked Question 

What is a Safety Critical Medical?

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.” (CBH, 2015).

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers have a duty of care to prevent the ill-health of their workers. This is relevant to those employed in safety-critical tasks such as construction, working at height and mobile plant operators. Safety-critical workers (SCW) should not be suffering from medical conditions or undergoing any medical treatment which could lead to a sudden loss of consciousness or incapacity, impairment of awareness, concentration, balance or coordination or significant limitation of mobility.

At Safewell Ltd we offer Safety Critical Medicals as outlined by the HSE.

What the Medicals include:

The out come is a ” Fitness for Work ” certificate issued to the employee and employer.

Safety critical roles:

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
How Long does a medical take?

A standard Safety Critical Medical will take around 1 hour to complete but if additional options are required i.e. Drug & Alcohol testing, Cholesterol testing etc, it will require anywhere from an extra 15 to 30 minutes longer. Ultimately it depends on what your working role requires, so times will vary.

At Safewell we always aim to get the Safety Critical Medicals turned around as quickly as possible so as not to delay your working day.

How often is a safety critical medical required?

At Safewell Ltd we recommend that a Safety Critical Medical is carried out annually, a lot can change in a year and also the requirements of the role may change. Other factors are:

  • Age of employee.
  • Risk of your job role.
  • Changing working environment.

You may also have a new business contract that stipulates Safety Critical Medicals are done annually to fall in line with their Health & Safety requirements.

What do i have to bring with me?

When you are having your Safety Critical Medical ideally bring with you a form of I.D. (Drivers License or Passport.) any existing information regarding medication you are currently taking.

Where can a Safety Critical Medical be carried out?

The Safety Critical Medicals can be carried out at our offices in Royal Wootton Bassett or at your site.

Find out more about how Safewell can help you

Call us on 01793 852951 or use one of the contact forms on this page to get in touch

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