Constructing Better Health News Updates

Safety Critical Health Checks

13/09/2012

Constructing Better Health has been monitoring the industry feedback to the safety critical health check requirements; specifically the audiometry and spirometry (hearing and breathing health checks) included as part of the fitness for work assessment process.

It has been noted that the inclusion of these two tests add considerable time and cost to the health check and were originally included to take account of the exposure to both noise and dusts which often accompanied working on any construction site.  In the early days, employers and contractors were largely unaware of the need to monitor both of these health risks.

Due to an increased awareness of health risks and given the current economical climate; CBH are pleased to announce they are removing the need for audiometry and spirometry as a mandatory requirement for safety critical workers and, from now, change the requirement for these two tests to be optional health checks based on the risk to the individual and to be used when required eg evidence needed that hearing/physical capability is adequate for reaction/escape. Bear in mind though that the requirement for audiometry and spirometry will continue to be a mandatory requirement for health surveillance purposes, that is, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations respectively.

CBH has also looked at the requirement for mandatory drug and alcohol testing as part of the safety critical health check and have amended the standard to say that the decision for testing is down to individual company policy;  therefore the drug and alcohol testing requirement will be changed to optional and again be decided by the employers/contractors risk assessment processes when making the decision to test or not test.
 

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