Working at height risk assessment and Safety Critical Medical

For those working in a safety-critical environment, their health and safety are paramount.

The law requires that employers and self-employed contractors assess the risk from work at height and go on to organise and plan the work so it is carried out safely.

It also requires Employers and Self-Employed contractors to:

  • Assess the risks, including the need for a Safety Critical Medical.
  • Decide on the precautions required.
  • Record all significant findings.
  • Review the assessment as necessary.

The Risk Assessment will also determine whether a Safety Critical Medical is required and who needs one.

What are Safety Critical Medicals?

Safety-critical medicals are designed to ensure that anyone undertaking safety-critical tasks is medically fit and safe to do so.

They can identify conditions likely to lead to a loss of consciousness or inability to control their actions and dangerous health conditions, such as high Blood Pressure.

They can prevent workplace accidents due to ill health and keep others in the workplace safe from accidents.

Construction sites generally require site workers to have a Safety Critical Certificate before starting on site.

What is covered in a Safety Critical Medical?

  • A questionnaire covering medical history, mental health and wellbeing
  • Height Weight
  • Mobility
  • Vision checks
  • Hearing
  • Blood Pressure
  • Dependent on role – Drugs and Alcohol Test

Safety critical medicals ensure your business complies fully with health and safety legislation. The possibility of having someone who is not fit for the task working onsite not only puts them and other employees at risk but could also lead to prosecution for non-compliance.