Constructing Better Health News Updates

Safety-critical workers

11/03/2010

Under current health and safety legislation, employers have a duty of care to prevent the ill-health of their workers. This is particularly relevant to those carrying out safety-critical tasks. A medical, such as a fitness-for-task health check, as identified in the National Industry Standards for Occupational Health, would go a long way towards ensuring these legal requirements are met.


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.”


It is important that safety-critical workers are not suffering from medical conditions or undergoing any medical treatment which is likely to cause sudden loss of consciousness or incapacity, impairment of awareness, concentration, balance or coordination or significant limitation of mobility.


Michelle Aldous, chief executive of Constructing Better Health said: “We recommend regular health checks for all workers undertaking ‘safety critical work’ to protect their own health and safety and that of others. A worker’s fitness-for-task is likely to change over time so it’s important to establish a system that recalls workers who require ongoing health checks. That’s where CBH’s new system comes in.”

 

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