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Driver Medicals

What are driver medicals?

Driver medicals are a health assessment of a vocational driver

 

Why are they needed?

  • To ensure that employees driving on behalf of your business are fit and safe to continue driving
  • To ensure drivers meet minimum health requirements as per DVLA and HSE standards
  • To reduce the risk of foreseeable serious accidental injury such as following sudden collapse at the wheel

 

Who needs one?

  • Fork lift truck (FLT) driver, counterbalance and reach trucks
  • LGV or PSV drivers
  • Ride-on grounds maintenence vehicles, crane operators, van drivers
  • High mileage company car drivers (especially above 20k miles pa)

 

How often are they needed?

  • Recommended 3 yearly reviews for all categories of drivers to age 60 years and annually thereafter.
  • Where the employee develops significant health, mobility, cognitive or behavioural problems.
  • After long term sickness absence where their fitness to drive may have been affected and before resumption of driving.
  • Following an accident where health may have been a contributory factor.

 

What is the process?

  • Managers identify drivers requiring assessment, particularly pre-employment, pre-training or pre-job transfer.
  • A 20 minute appointmenmt can be booked either during routine OH clinic or on an individual basis. This can be completed by the screening nurse or OH advisor.
  • Assessment is by health questionnaire, blood pressure, urine and vision testing.
  • Where employees do not meet the required standards they wil be asked to consult their GP or an optician. In the event of significant concerns of physical or mental status, medical information can be requested from their GP or specialist or an appointment arranged to see our OH physician.
  • All DVLA Group 2 drivers require a medical examination with an OH physician for DVLA purposes on initial license application, 5 yearly between age 45 years and 65 years. Group 2 drivers' documents are completed for DVLA purposes and handed back to the individual.
  • OH will send a fitness for driving report for management records, excepting the above.