Requirement to Test
The Working Time Regulations 1998 require employers to offer health assessments to night workers, shift workers or any person who works extended hours of work.
Night worker Health assessments can be conducted by a simple questionnaire often referred to as a paper screen. Only if problems are identified that require further investigation or may benefit from intervention of a health care professional will a medical assessment be advised.
There are no stipulated intervals to repeat the assessment but suggest good practice is on commencement and annually.
The questionnaire should be completed by the employee and returned to Occupational Health and should be very quick to complete.
The assessment would help employers and employees to comply with their statutory requirements as directed by the HSE and in particular regard to the Working Time Regulations 1998
As part of the test process the Health Practitioner will gather personal medical information which is kept confidential. All such records will be kept off site with the OH provider or if a suitably locked filing system is provided on site to which only the OH Provider has sole access then this enables us to keep records with the employer. An Employee may consent to records being viewed or kept by the employer or being disclosed to a third party.
A summary of the employee’s results along with the required fit to work sign off where applicable, will be made available along with details of any further referrals advised and any information to enable the management of any health or safety related matters or details of any further action the employer needs to take.