Safety Critical Worker Medical

safety-criticalFrom our clinic next to Waterloo station or at your offices, we offer safety critical medicals that comply with all of the Constructing Better Health recommendation and make sure your company is compliant with the prime contractor contractual requirements.   We provide a cost effective and simple way to monitor the health of your workforce and can easily be carried out onsite by a qualified health practitioner.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that 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. 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.

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.” (CBH, 2015).

Safety-Critical Work (SCW) medicals identify if there is any risk or likelihood of employees developing a health problem that could cause them to be suddenly taken ill, whilst undertaking their work for example, and there are certain tests that can be done to highlight any such chances and reduce the risk to employee and 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.

ToHealth Ltd is an accredited occupational health service provider (OHSP) with Constructing Better Health (CBH) and specialise in providing quality services to the construction industry. We strictly adhere to HSE and CBH standards.

What does the SCW medical consist of?

tickBlood pressure measurement
tickHeight, Weight & Body Mass
tickAudiometry – hearing test
tickSpirometry – Lung function test (if indicated – job specific)
tickVisual Acuity, colour vision and peripheral vision screen
tickUrinalysis for diabetes or other health issues
tickMusculo-Skeletal assessment
tickMental health assessment
tickA baseline SCW health questionnaire to establish any current or previous medical/psychological health history



N.B. this is not an exhaustive list, we would always review the job risk assessments.

The recommended medical assessment varies by role.  You can add certain tests depending on the type of industry and health and safety compliance requirements:

Drug and alcohol testing

Skin surveillance

Hand arm vibration (HAVS)

Night worker medicals

Outside of safety critical workers, other construction workers should have health surveillance where there is systematic, regular checks on workers to identify early signs of ill health, and then acting on the results. Health surveillance is needed to protect workers who are at an increased risk, identify work-related ill health at an early stage so that steps can be taken to treat the condition and prevent further damage; and give early warning that protective control measures are no longer effective. See our health assessment page for more information.

Who needs a safety critical worker medical?

If you have workers who are undertaking safety critical tasks such as operating plant machinery, working on scaffolding and at height, roadside construction or any other job that involves risk, then making sure they are healthy enough is imperative. A worker may well struggle on with a medical condition without realising its potential impact and proper screening can help highlight and address situations such as these.

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

tickAsbestos licensed worker
tickLGV/HGV Driver
tickPlant Operators
tickScaffolder/Rigger
tickSlinger/Signaller/Banksman/Traffic Marshall
tickSteel Erector Structural/Fabricator
tickSteeplejack
tickTunnel Boring Gangs
tickRoadside (high speed)
tickTunnelling
tickConfined Space workers
tickWorking at Height where control measures not practical



Allowing for this guidance, Employers will need to decide whether an activity contains a safety-critical element and an incapacitated worker might expose themselves or others to a significant risk of harm.

Safety Critical Worker Medical pricing

£125 – Safety Critical Worker Medical pricing

Safety Critical Worker Medical FAQ

We have provided information below which may be useful to you. If there’s anything we’ve missed, or you have any further queries, please call us.

Safety Critical Worker Medical

You will be required to bring along your existing CBH card and some form of photographic identification. Ideally we would like you to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time. You should also bring with you a record of any medications you are taking in regards to pre-existing medical conditions.

We can provide these assessments anywhere in the UK.  We do have our London Waterloo Clinic which is conveniently situated right next to Waterloo train station. The address is 41 York Road, London, SE1 7NJ

The medical should take around 45 minutes to complete, we work on a timed appointment basis so you will be seen on time and can plan your day without the worry of delays.

Yes we will provide you with the certificate at the end of your appointment to take away with you.  We will also update the CBH portal at this point.

The frequency of medicals is dependent on risk / age

Under 54 – Every three years

55-65 – Every two years

65+ – Annually

The easiest way to arrange an appointment is by calling our bookings team on 0333 335 9866 or by using our contact us facility on our website – http://www.tohealth.com/contact/


Need more information?

contact-usIf you would like more information on our wider range of services, please do get in touch with us using the below details:

Telephone:  0333 335 9866
Website Contact Us: http://www.tohealth.com/contact/
Email: whcbookings@tohealth.com