Fitness to Work Health Assessments

The primary purpose of fitness to work health assessments is to make sure that an individual is fit to perform the task involved effectively and without risk to their own or others’ health and safety.   Fitness to work is relevant where illnesses or injuries reduce performance, or affect health and safety in the workplace.  It may also be specific to certain hazardous tasks for which medical standards exist.

As an employer you are required to comply with the Equality Act 2010 which provides a new cross-cutting legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.  One of the central duties on employers under the Act is to make reasonable adjustment to the workplace for disabled employees.  We provide medical confidentially and interpretation of disability in functional terms in advising on what reasonable adjustments may be required.  

Fitness to Drive, Health and Transport Safety

Many workers drive vehicles off public roads as part of their job e.g. forklift truck drivers, farmers, dock workers, crane drivers etc. Application of medical standards provides a framework to ensure that the requirements of the particular driving task match with the fitness and abilities of the driver.  Fitness to drive assessments are also recommended after an absence of more than one month or after a shorter absence if it is likely that the illness may have affected fitness to operate vehicles or plant. 


© Reviewed 16th February 2018