Pre-Employment Health Screening
We will ensure Management are aware of and advised upon any health issues that may be affected by work (or that may affect their ability to work) and recommend any reasonable adjustments that may need to be put into place.
You can then appoint with confidence that the well-being of your new staff is protected. Likewise new employees can be assured of being protected and of the confidentiality of the pre-employment health assessment process.
Equalities Act 2010
Since the introduction of this Act, pre-employment practices have had to be modified to ensure compliance.
The new Act explains that employees can still have medicals for example to ensure suitability to work or so reasonable adjustment to protect the employee’s health can be made etc… but this process needs to be completed only after an employment offer has been made, except in very limited circumstances.
What is covered?
There is a general legal requirement to ensure that an employer does not put any prospective or existing employee’s health at risk and to make any reasonable adjustments under the Equalities Act (Formerly the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA))
Essentially any pre-existing health conditions at pre-employment must not be made worse or aggravated by the requirements of the job. Hence a sensible precaution would be for all prospective employees to have a pre-employment medical or health related paper screen prior to starting work or as soon as possible thereafter.
There are some statutory health surveillance, HSE and COSHH requirements that recommend a pre-employment base-line assessment (i.e. Noise at Work Regulations, CLAW regulations etc)
Customising your requirements
The exact composition of a medical can be matched to the job role and possible exposures to be encountered. Therefore pre-employment health screen can include all or some parts of the following:
- Comprehensive Medical History
- Height, Weight & Body Mass Index
- Blood Pressure & Pulse
- Lifestyle Evaluation
- Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS) Screen
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Screen
- Eyesight Evaluation
- Colour Vision
- Musculo-skeletal Assessment
- Spirometry (Lung Function) Test
- Audiometry (Hearing) Test
- Skin Check
- Food Handlers Medical
- Driver Medical
- Suitability for Night Working
- Blood Tests
- Vaccination Status
- Drug & Alcohol Screening.