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Night Workers

The Working Time Regulations 1999 provide workers with certain entitlements. These include special protection for night workers who must be offered free and confidential health assessments before starting work, on a regular basis, or as appropriate to the individual. The Working Time Regulations state that a night worker is someone who normally works at least three hours at night. Night time is between 11pm and 6am, although workers and employers may agree to vary this.

The questionnaire screening would form part of the on site Occupational Health Advisor provision, individuals are only referred for a medical in the event of any medical trigger points being identified.

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Benefits of screening

Medical conditions that are taken into consideration

Benefits of screening:

• Compliance with HSE Regulations

• Primarily carried out by questionnaire in first instance

• Produces a fitness statement

• Highlights any medical conditions and recommendations for medicals made if required

• Cost effective

We provide an inexpensive on-line questionnaire for Night Worker Assessment or paper forms for your employees. As an employer you must offer night workers a free health assessment before they start working nights and then on a regular basis whilst they are working nights. In many cases it is suitable to offer a night worker medical on an annual basis. However employers can offer this health assessment more than once a year if they feel it is necessary.

Completion of the night worker health assessment is voluntary. The employer has to offer this to night workers, but it is not mandatory that they take up the offer. However it does enable the employee to report any health concern or medical condition that is difficult to manage or may become worse by working night time hours.

Where any concerns are raised then this information will then be reviewed by one of our Occupational Health Advisors, taking into account the type of work that will be done and the restrictions on the worker's working time under the regulations. If necessary this can then be followed up with a medical examination if doubts are raised as to the employee's fitness for night work.

Any adjustments or safer work practices can then be recommended to the employer, to ensure that the employee’s health is not being put at any risk.

If the Occupational Health Advisor has any concerns with regards to the information given on the Night Worker questionnaire, a follow up phone call to the employee will be made to ensure that a full overview of health is given.

Management Advice with any recommendations on it will then be provided to the HR/Management Team.

The night worker medical assessment is to ensure that employees are not made ill as a consequence of working the night shift, and to ensure that they do not have an existing medical condition that may not be compatible with night work. Back

Medical conditions that are taken into consideration:

• Diabetes

• Epilepsy

• Heart disease

• Intestinal problems

• Kidney disease

• Thyroid or glandular disease

• Mental illness

• Chronic sleep problems

• Back, joint and neck problems

• Asthma and pulmonary disorders

If an employee does suffer from one or more of the above, it does not automatically mean that they are unsuitable for night working. Problems will be identified along with all risk factors and then advice given so that they can be managed effectively, ensuring that the employee's health or other peoples safety remains unaffected.

New employees or those transferring from days should as a minimum complete a Night Workers Medical Questionnaire preferably before they start.

The health questionnaire remains confidential to Occupational Health. Medical details will not be passed on to Managers other than a simple statement of fitness to continue with night working.

To discuss your specific requirements or to provide you with a quote for Occupational Health provision on a regular basis or as a one off, please do not hesitate to give us a ring or click here to enquire and we will be happy to assist. Back

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