We have a number of services designed to make sure that your workforce is in good shape, and healthy to work to a stringent high standard in your company for today and for tomorrow.
We have a number of services designed to make sure that your workforce is in good shape and healthy to work to a high standard, allowing you the peace of mind to know that they are prepared to carry out a good job.
Our tests include occupational dermatitis and skin checks, spirometry (lung function) tests for people working with hazardous substances that could cause asthma, audiometry (hearing tests) for those identified as being exposed to noise, night workers' medicals, driver and lift-truck driver medicals, and DSE and ergonomic assessments. These are important for any business, large or small, to take care of their workers' health and wellbeing. Without these checks in place, a number of professions could carry a high risk, even a simple desk job.
Night Worker Assessments
Under the Working Time Directive (1999) there is a requirement for all workers to be offered a health assessment. Whilst there is a duty on employers to offer the assessments, engagement by the worker is purely on a voluntary basis.
Assessments, Ergonomic and Workplace Reviews
Musculoskeletal disorders/injury account for between 20% and 40% of sickness absence, yet sickness absence can be significantly reduced or avoided with early intervention and objective assessment. Risk factors causing MSDs can be found in virtually every workplace from commerce to agriculture, health services to construction. An estimated 11.6 million working days a year are lost to work-related MSDs.
The HSE state the key messages about MSDs are: that you can do things to prevent or minimise MSDs; that the prevention measures are cost-effective; that you cannot prevent all MSDs, so early reporting of symptoms, proper treatment and suitable rehabilitation is essential.
At GOHS we can support you in reviewing your DSE current process and advise on cost-effective, yet efficient escalation procedures which may include DSE assessors training. In addition, we can offer specialist ergonomic reviews on an individual and on a specific workplace/environmental basis.
Safety-Critical Workers (SCW) are defined as workers "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 to others. Examples include crane drivers, plant operatives, forklift drivers, banks, slingers and signallers:-
• All mobile plant operators;
• Hi-speed road workers;
• Asbestos licensed workers;
• Tunnellers or those working in confined spaces;
• Task carried out at Heights where collective preventative measures to control risks are not practicable;
• Other identifies from risk assessments.
We offer medicals to ensure your staff are fit for purpose and able to work on construction sites by providing a safety-critical worker medical certificates stating their fitness for work and in compliance with the Constructing Better Health Standards.
Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a widespread condition in many industries and occupations. HAV exposure at work can arise from the use of hand-held power tools, hand-guided machinery and hand-fed machines (such as pedestal grinders). Prolonged and regular exposure to this vibration can affect the operator’s health. Health surveillance for HAVS should be carried out by competent persons and who received training in HAVS assessments; GOHS staff has completed the Faculty of Occupational Medicine HAVS course.