Safety Critical Medicals | Occupational Health
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a duty of care to prevent ill health or injuries to their workers. This is relevant to those who carry out safety critical tasks and those around them. It is important that safety critical workers are not suffering from conditions or undergoing treatment which could cause impaired awareness, concentration, balance, coordination, impaired mobility and sudden loss of consciousness.
What is Safety Critical Work?
“Safety Critical Work” is defined as “any work where the ill health of an individual may compromise their ability to undertake a task defined as safety-critical, posing a risk to the health and safety of others”.
Who needs a Safety Critical Worker Medical?
- Asbestos Licensed Worker
- Construction Worker (non-railway)
- Driver and Mechanical Handling Equipment Operator
- Plant Operator (general, crane drive / mobile machine driver)
- Tunnelling worker
- Slinger/Signaller/Banksman/Traffic Marshall
- Steel Erector Structural / Fabricator
- LGV / HGV Driver
- Roadside (high speed)
- Maritime Operative Specialist
- Confined Space
- Working at Height
And many more…
Please contact our team if the medical you require isn’t listed.
Who will conduct my medical?
You will see one of our occupational health team who are SEQOHS accredited and experienced in carrying out Safety Critical Medicals.
How long will my Safety Critical Medical Take?
The consultation will take around 30 minutes and will cost just £120.
What tests will I have?
The exact tests required will depend on your job. We would advise you to contact us prior to your appointment to check what is involved and whether you need a longer appointment or further tests.
It’s helpful if you can provide us with the risk assessment form from your employer or employers contact details so we can understand the specific requirements for your individual Safety Critical Medical.
Here is a list of the standard tests that are carried out in most medicals:
- A baseline SCW (Safety Critical Worker) health questionnaire to establish any current or previous medical or psychological conditions
- General health check – Height, Weight and BMI
- Audiometry (Hearing test)
- Visual/vision tests (Acuity, colour vision, peripheral vision)
- Dermatology (Skin Check) as necessary
- Musculoskeletal/Mobility Assessment
- Mental Health Assessment
- Spirometry (Lung function test – if indicated)
- Night worker assessment (if indicated)
- Hand-arm Vibration assessment (if indicated)
- Working at Height (if indicated)
- Confined Space (if indicated)
What other tests might I need and how much will they cost?
Additional tests might be needed in the consultation depending on the type of medical. Here is a list of some of the additional tests and prices.
Drugs of Abuse profile (urine) – with chain of custody – £117.00
Drugs of Abuse profile (blood) – without chain of custody – £143.00
Electrocardiogram (ECG) with cardiology opinion – £55.00
When will I get my certificate?
After your appointment, your questionnaire and results are reviewed by one of our Senior Occupational health team and a Safety Critical Medical Report/Certificate will be provided to you within 24 hours.
What if my medical says I’m not fit or something abnormal is found?
Don’t worry, we have a team of expert GPs on hand to support our occupation health team. We can treat or investigate any issues found during your medical and help to ensure you are in good health to conduct your role.
How do I book my appointment?
Booking your appointment couldn’t be easier, simply click here to book an appointment online or click the button below.
We would also require you to bring a copy of your ID (driving licence or passport). Do bring along any forms you have been asked to have signed by your employer.