Nighttime workers are defined as those employees who are employed between 11 o’clock in the evening and six o’clock in the morning. As these roles are often associated with challenging and/or dangerous conditions, a free medical assessment is recommended on a regular basis. What are some of the main stipulations of this process, why is it necessary, and what types of examinations are offered? These questions are relevant for both management and employees alike, so let us take a look at some of the main takeaway points.
What is the Purpose of a Nighttime Workers’ Surveillance Programme?
Whether referring to security work or overnight employment at a factory, night workers may face entirely different circumstances when compared with their daytime counterparts. This is why a separate assessment is often required. The purpose of this examination is to accurately determine if an employee is mentally and physically capable of undertaking his or her role(s). The other main concern is whether or not the assigned position could possibly have an impact upon the health of the individual.
What are Some Potential Hazards Associated with Night Work?
It should be noted that working overnight hours will disrupt the natural circadian rhythms of the human body. While every individual is affected differently, long-term employment can lead to issues including (but not always limited to):
- Heart disease
- Other issues requiring regular medication
Existing health problems could likewise impact the ability of an employee to perform a specific task.
What Regulations are Involved?
Under the current employment laws and according to Working Time Regulations 1998, businesses are required to accurately determine whether or not they employ overnight workers (according to the time stipulations mentioned earlier in this article). Assuming that this is the case, all employees are legally provided with a free health check when they are first hired. These examinations will normally continue thereafter on an annual basis (although this may depend upon the position in question). Any individual who works more than three hours between eleven o’clock in the evening and six o’clock in the morning will qualify for this health examination.
What is the Role of the Questionnaire?
In the majority of cases, a professional health firm will need to construct a questionnaire. Please note that this is the minimum requirement by law. In the event that the a problem has been found within the results of the questionnaire, an examination should take place. Employers are obligated to keep a record of this examination for a period of no less than two years.
The information mentioned above is rather general in nature and it is likely that you may have additional questions which need to be addressed. If you would like to learn more or should you be interested in what Health Screen can offer your firm, please feel free to contact us in order to speak with a qualified representative.