It is very important for companies to ensure that a new person being recruited is fit for a role and that working in the role will not be detrimental to their health.

In addition it will be important to you that you know a person’s health status in relation to such things as hearing if they are going to be working in a noisy environment to ensure that you are not blamed for deterioration in health that has actually happened previously.

For most work roles a basic health screening questionnaire is adequate to help determine whether:-

  • The job is likely to adversely affect the individual’s health.
  • The job is within the individual’s physical and mental capabilities.
  • If the individual is fit for the job and the demands it may put upon the individual By doing the job the individual would be a risk to themselves and/or others.
  • The prospective employer needs to be aware of any reasonable adjustments necessary to avoid the individual being placed at a disadvantage.

In addition if the person is working within a role that will require health surveillance, such as:

  • Lung function tests
  • Skin inspection
  • Hearing Tests (Audiometry)
  • Hand Arm Vibration Assessments
  • Night Worker Assessments
  • Biological monitoring.

Then these tests should be carried out prior to employment commencing, to protect both employer and employee.

Please contact Shea OH for further details of how we can help.