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CONSTRUCTION/DEMOLITION

The Polbridge team has many years’ experience working with construction clients. This insight allows us to provide a comprehensive selection of medical examinations tailored to the unique needs of each employer. Our service aims to ensure that all employees are fit and safe for their role, without unnecessary procedures.

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Fitness to work medicals

Bespoke fitness for work medicals help ensure your employees are safe to fulfil their duties. These medicals may include hearing, vision, blood pressure…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

Drug and alcohol testing

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

Absence management

Don’t let absence problems delay your projects. Our expert team understand the role of employees working on construction sites and projects and may be able to recommend adjustments that could…more

Health Surveillance

Workers in the construction industry operate on sites that use a wide range of hazardous materials, and are exposed to noise, vibration, fumes and dusts…more

Health Surveillance

Workers in the construction industry operate on sites that use a wide range of hazardous materials, and are exposed to noise, vibration, fumes and dusts. Employers must put into place a system of health surveillance that will identify whether an employee’s health has been impacted by their working conditions which allows the company to take swift action to reduce risks.

Polbridge’s expert team understand health surveillance for the construction industry and aim to provide surveillance programmes that are convenient, well informed and HSE compliant.

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. (HSE website)

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

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.

Fitness to work medicals

Bespoke fitness for work medicals help ensure your employees are safe to fulfil their duties. These medicals may include hearing, vision, blood pressure, urinalysis, height and weight and musculoskeletal tests and can be completed on site to reduce time away from work (minimum numbers apply) or at our Luton clinic.

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.

Absence management

Don’t let absence problems delay your projects.

Our expert team understand the role of employees working on construction sites and projects and may be able to recommend adjustments that could allow employees with long term or frequent sickness absence to return to work more promptly. We can offer impartial advice to both employers and their staff on managing long term health conditions and disabilities, which will make sure that firms are Equality Act compliant and workers are less likely to need time off work because of ill health.

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.

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.

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