Night Shift Workers
- Night Time is defined as the period between 11.00pm and 6.00am
- A night worker is defined as someone who regularly works at least 3 hours of daily working time between 11.00pm and 6.00am
We offer either a simple health questionnaire assessment (minimum requirement) or convenient on-site medical assessments (best practice).
We will tailor our delivery to best suit your requirements and minimise any disruption to your employees or production schedules.
If we are visiting your site to complete Night Worker Medicals, why not combine them with other Health Surveillance or Occupational Health requirements too?
Night Worker Medical Assessments
Do you have people working for you regularly at night? Are you aware of your legal obligation to offer health checks for these employees? Are you confident your night workers don’t have any medical conditions or medication requirements which may be affected by them working at night?
The Working Time Regulations 1998 require that employers offer free health assessments for workers who are required to work regularly at night and periodically thereafter. A ‘night worker’ under these regulations is someone whose daily work includes at least three hours of night time:
• on most or some of the days they work, as specified in a collective or workforce agreement, or
• often enough for it to be said that they work such hours ‘as a normal course’ (ie. on a regular basis).
A Court ruling has said that a worker who worked at night for one third of their working time was a night worker. Occasional, or ad hoc, work at night doesn’t make the employee a night worker.
Working at night doesn’t pose significant health risks to most workers. However, it can affect some people’s health, which may mean they need to be transferred onto day work. Some conditions that may be affected by night work include diabetes, epilepsy, some respiratory conditions, depression and anxiety, as well as other conditions, particularly where medications have to be taken at strict intervals. In some cases, night work may affect an employee’s medication schedule, which could make their condition more unstable or cause other problems.
Night worker health checks can help you identify employees in any of these groups and allow you to access effective advice.
What are the benefits for your company?
With our help, night work health checks are very straightforward to implement. We can provide a short questionnaire for your managers to give to the relevant employees, so you can quickly identify those with any health issues that may be affected by night work. Employees who disclose health concerns can then be referred for one of our specialist occupational health nurse or doctor assessments.
The benefits for your employees
Most employees will be able to carry on working as normal without having to undergo detailed health checks.
However those with conditions that may be affected by night work can receive an appropriate assessment, and we can advise them – and you, as their employer – about any necessary adjustments.
If an employee has a particular health condition, or is pregnant, having specialist night work health checks can help them feel confident about their ability to work at night, without the risk of adverse effects on their health.