Level 3 Certificate for Occupational Health Technicians – Compass MS


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Level 3 Certificate for Occupational Health Technicians

This is a new , and the first, regulated qualification for Occupational Health Technicians, developed in association with the Society of Occupational Medicine (SoM).

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It will take approximately 45 minutes for the medical.

The term “safety critical worker” is defined as: Where the ill health of an individual may compromise their ability to undertake a task defined as safety critical, thereby posing a significant risk to the health and safety of others.” (CBH, 2015). This includes:

  • Plant operators
  • Scaffolder/rigger 
  • Slinger/signaller/banksman/traffic marshal 
  • Steel erector structural/fabricator 
  • Specialist access workers
  • Steeplejack
  • Tunnel boring gangs 
  • Roadside (high speed)
  • Tunnelling, confined space workers

You will to bring photographic identification (i.e. driving licence photocard or passport), a list of current medication and the name and contact details of your GP. 

The medical will include a face-to-face consultation with an occupational health nurse or technician, where you will be asked questions about your health, lifestyle and job. Some basic observations will be taken, such as height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, vision check, mental health assessment and musculoskeletal assessment. Depending on the job you do additional test such as spirometry (lung function test) and audiometry (hearing test) may also be performed. A Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) assessment may also be carried out. 

A safety critical medical does not necessarily include a drugs screen, but it may be requested by the client as part of the medical. 

This depends on the results of the medical. If your pass the medical then under the current CBH guidance you will need another safety critical medical in 3 years. Although many clients require this to be done annually. 

Bring a list of the medication with you to the appointment and show to the occupational health nurse or technician. 

You will be informed that you have not met the standards for a safety critical worker and the reason why. You may be offered advice on what you can do and will be referred to either your GP or an Occupational Health Physician. Once you have received treatment for the reason you did not pass, your may be able to receive another safety critical medical. 

You will be asked to complete and sign a consent form prior to the medical this will include your permission to share any relevant information with other health professionals and your employer.