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Safety Critical Workers (Fitness for Task)

Health issues that affect an individual's performance or present a risk of sudden incapacity could prove disastrous in Safety Critical Roles. The purpose of a safety critical screening medical is to identify any obvious conditions that could prove to be a danger to individual or to colleagues and to the general public.

A safety critical medical is not the same as health surveillance and employers undertaking safety critical medical must be clear on their additional requirements for health surveillance.

At Wrightway health we undertake a short questionnaire coupled with basic screening tests.  The results of the screening are later reviewed by a qualified Occupational health nurse or a Doctor.  The screening measurement may be undertaken by a technician or a nurse.  No results will be given out by the technician.

If the initial screening identifies a problem or concern the employee will be contacted and either asked to provide further information  or be asked to return for a more in depth assessment with a doctor.   If this second assessment is required or if we need to get further information form a GP or specialist  then further charges will be incurred on top of the fee for the screening medical.

Construction workers

Within the Construction Industry a number of workers are identified as ‘safety critical workers’ (SCW).   Employees must not be suffering from medical conditions, or be taking medical treatment likely to cause:

  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • Impairment of awareness or concentration
  • Sudden incapacity
  • Impairment of balance or co-ordination
  • Significant limitation of mobility

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

  • Asbestos licensed worker
  • Diver
  • Geotechnical
  • LGV/HGV Driver
  • Maritime Operative (Specialist)
  • Plant Operators
  • Scaffolder/Rigger
  • Slinger/Signaller/Banksman/Traffic Marshall
  • Steel Erector Structural/Fabricator
  • Steeplejack
  • Tunnel Boring Gangs
  • Roadside (high speed)
  • Tunnelling
  • Confined Space workers
  • Working at Height where control measures not practicable
  • Others as identified by the risk assessment process


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