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AVIATION

Polbridge specialises in providing services to the aviation industry. Our team have many years’ experience working with airports and aviation operators and have a unique understanding of how the sector works. This knowledge not only offers airports the assurance that their staff are safe to work in an airport environment but also allows us to provide the most tailored and responsive service possible.

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Airside Driver Permit Medicals

If your employee is responsible for driving vehicles around the aprons, airside roads, aircraft manoeuvring areas and runways at an airport, you must be sure that their health will not compromise their ability to drive safely, identify hazards and warnings and react appropriately to conditions…more

Post offer/pre-employment medicals

It is good practice for all new employees to be given the opportunity to disclose any information about their health that they may wish to ask their employer…more

Fire Service Medicals

Fire fighters have unique fitness requirements and challenges. They must be fit to respond to emergencies and work in conditions that place additional strain on the body…more

HGV/PSV Driver medicals

The law requires that drivers of group 2 vehicles pass a medical to demonstrate that their sight and general health is unlikely to cause an accident…more

Absence management

We know that airports run on tight margins and staff who are absent from work due to ill health effect services, efficiency and staff morale…more

Security staff medicals

An airport security officer’s job is both physically and psychologically demanding. At recruitment, security personnel should be fit to undertake the duties required of their role…more

Drug and alcohol screening

We will screen for up to 10 substances on site with immediate results. If substances are indicated the sample will be sent off for further analysis and confirmation…more

Health Surveillance

Airport workers are exposed to a wide range of occupational hazards and their employers are responsible for monitoring the ongoing health of anyone who might be at risk from their working environment…more

Airside Driver Permit Medicals

If your employee is responsible for driving vehicles around the aprons, airside roads, aircraft manoeuvring areas and runways at an airport, you must be sure that their health will not compromise their ability to drive safely, identify hazards and warnings and react appropriately to conditions. (New #)

Our ADP, MADP and RADP medicals assess employees’ health in line with both CAP790 requirements and the latest standards published by the DVLA. We also work closely with individual airports to ensure that your ADP drivers meet locally set standards.

As experts in aviation health our team can complete comprehensive and accurate ADP medical examinations at a convenient location with minimal disruption to your employees’ working day.

Our ADP medical typically includes:

  • Health questionnaire and discussion
  • Ear examination and hearing assessment
  • Sight and colour vision test
  • Musculoskeletal examination
  • Urinalysis for diabetes markers
  • For over 65’s we also recommend an electrocardiogram (at additional cost)

Fire Service Medicals

Fire fighters have unique fitness requirements and challenges. They must be fit to respond to emergencies and work in conditions that place additional strain on the body.

Polbridge has developed a firefighter fitness for work medical that complies with the latest guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). For firefighters we also work to the standards required by the DVLA for Group 2 drivers.

Our RFFS fitness for work medical typically covers:

  • Review of aerobic and strength fitness testing results
  • Health questionnaire and discussion
  • Urinalysis
  • Height and weight
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Blood pressure
  • Spirometry
  • Ear examination
  • Audiometric test
  • Sight and colour vision tests
  • Abdominal examination
  • Musculoskeletal examination

Security staff medicals

An airport security officer’s job is both physically and psychologically demanding. At recruitment, security personnel should be fit to undertake the duties required of their role, which may include long periods of standing and walking, bending, squatting and manual handling. They must also maintain high standards of observational skills and communication skills and be able to work long and rotating shifts.

Security staff medicals typically include:

  • Health questionnaire and discussion
  • Urinalysis for diabetes markers
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Sight and colour vision screening
  • Hearing assessment
  • Medication review
  • Psychological assessment

Post offer/pre-employment medicals

It is good practice for all new employees to be given the opportunity to disclose any information about their health that they may wish to ask their employer to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate.

Our team can send a simple, confidential questionnaire to each employee at the start of their employment and review returns. Any employee disclosing a health condition or disability will be contacted by our staff for a more detailed discussion with a view to making recommendations.

HGV/PSV Driver medicals

The law requires that drivers of group 2 vehicles pass a medical to demonstrate that their sight and general health is unlikely to cause an accident. Group 2 medicals are completed by our occupational health physician who will take the time to understand each applicant’s health and offer health advice as well as providing a certificate of fitness. Medicals include blood pressure, height and weight measurement, musculoskeletal assessment, near, distance and peripheral vision checks and urinalysis.

Drug and alcohol screening

We will screen for up to 10 substances on site with immediate results. If substances are indicated the sample will be sent off for further analysis and confirmation. Chaperones can be provided at additional cost. Advice and support will be given if required.

Health Surveillance

Airport workers are exposed to a wide range of occupational hazards and their employers are responsible for monitoring the ongoing health of anyone who might be at risk from their working environment.

Our team can set up and manage a programme of health surveillance that meets the standards set by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and ensures that risks to health are identified and managed promptly.

Fatigue can lead to errors and accidents, ill-health and injury, and reduced productivity. It is often a root cause of major accident. Regular surveillance will identify those that are affected by shift work. Support, advice and guidance through our occupational health professionals can help reduce the effects of shift work.

  • Questionnaire
  • Referral for occupational health review

Hearing loss caused by work is preventable but once hearing has gone, it won’t come back. Exposure to high noise levels can cause permanent hearing damage, often without the sufferer being aware of it until it is too late. It may lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or deafness. http://www.hse.gov.uk/treework/health/noise.htm

Polbridge Health provide employers with a health matrix that will help them identify whether their employees are being exposed to too much noise. Health surveillance in line with the HSE guidance will then be performed on all employees that are above the exposure limit.

  • Questionnaire
  • Ear examination
  • audiometry testing
  • health promotion
  • All in accordance with the Noise at Work Regulation

As an employer, you must protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. We describe these workers as ‘DSE users’. https://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/dse/

Annual questionnaires will identify employees that require a DSE assessment and recommendations will be made to the employee and employer.

  • Questionnaire
  • DSE assessment
  • Management/employee advice letter

Some work exposes employees to substances that can cause life-threatening lung diseases.

Polbridge health can work with you to identify the employees that may be exposed and provide advice, guidance and monitoring to ensure that hazards are not affecting their health.

  • Questionnaire
  • Spirometry
  • All in accordance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

You must provide health surveillance for all your employees who, despite your action to control the risk, are likely to be regularly exposed above the Exposure Action Value or are considered to be at risk for any other reason. http://www.hse.gov.uk/vibration/hav/advicetoemployers/healthsurveillance.htm

  • Tier 1, 2, 3 or 4 surveillance
  • Questionnaire
  • Positive responses will require higher level health surveillance;
  • Provide you with reports on your employees’ fitness to continue work with vibration exposure.
  • All in accordance with the Control of Vibration Regulations.

Work-related skin disease (e.g. dermatitis) can affect people in a wide range of occupations. Utilising an APC approach (avoid, protect, check) can reduce the chances of suffering painful and sometimes debilitating skin conditions http://www.hse.gov.uk/skin

  • Annual Health Questionnaire
  • Skin checks
  • Management/employee advice letter
  • All in accordance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

Absence management

We know that airports run on tight margins and staff who are absent from work due to ill health effect services, efficiency and staff morale. Our team of aviation health specialists understand the roles fulfilled by airport workers and are able to offer detailed and useful management advice that helps employers tackle absence issues and support employees back to work whenever possible.

An appointment to see a qualified Nurse will be arranged following a management referral for case management/sickness absence. Either a face-to-face or telephone consultation will be arranged within 10 working days and a report will be generated within 3 working days of the appointment (this excludes employees that have requested prior sight to the report who will get 5 days to review, make factual changes and consent to their letter being released). Complex case management will be triaged and Polbridge may suggest that the management of the individual case, would be more appropriate as an independent medical consultation by an Occupational Health Physician.

The purpose of the consultation is:

  • To assess fitness for work
  • To assess if adjustments are required to perform role
  • To assess which parts of the job the employee is able to do and what reasonable adjustments may be advised to enable them to do their job
  • To ensure their health and safety at work

Persistent absence

We work with employers to set up procedures that monitor and manage sickness absence, agreeing on triggers for when employees should be seen by an occupational health professional. We can also provide training to help managers identify when a staff member should be referred for an occupational health assessment.

Supporting long term health conditions

The aim is always to help your staff to manage their health better by offering advice, referral to appropriate health services and advising employers on any changes that could be made to allow the member of staff to continue to work productively. The recommendations for adjustments are tailored to each company and the management advice letter will state that the employer will have the final say if they are realistic and reasonable.
Following the assessment, further information from a GP or specialist may be required.  If this is the case their rights under the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 will be discussed with the employee.

Assessing capability and Equality Act

During the consultation a doctor will make an assessment of the employees current clinical condition and take details of any relevant past history.  The examination findings will form the basis of a report to review the extent of an incapacity or disability and its effect on their activities of daily living, as well as impact on their fitness for work. It is good practice to advise if the Equality Act 2010 may or may not apply.

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