What is a pre employment medical?

Any company’s most important asset is its staff. Because of this fact, many companies are now commissioning private health clinics like Broadgate Clinic London Wall to carry out pre-employment medicals by way of performing health screen checks on job candidates before they are offered a position and commence work. One important factor however, is that a company is not allowed to use the results of a pre-employment medical to discriminate against a candidate.

The employer’s duty of care

Rather than being used for any detrimental purposes, a pre-employment medical is designed to work for a job candidate’s benefit. Employers are legally bound to ensure that they do not put the health and well-being of any members of staff at risk. They must also ensure that they are prepared to carry out all reasonable measures to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

What this boils down to, is the fact that any candidates with a pre-existing health condition, prior to commencing employment, have the right to expect that said employment will not aggravate or worsen their existing medical condition.

A pre-employment medical provides a documented record with regard to any new employee’s state of health when that employee first joins the company. The health screening that is carried out here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall will identify any illnesses or conditions (both physiological and psychological) that could impact on the prospective employee’s ability to carry out their duties. It also helps to clarify various conditions as recognised under the DDA.

Protecting the employer and the employee

The pre-employment medicals that we carry out here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall benefit both employer and employee. In the first instance, they serve to ensure that employees are not likely to encounter situations in their duties that could harm their health, and in the second instance, the medicals can also be used by the employer to counter any inappropriate ill-health claims that an employee might subsequently make.

Dependent on the employment environment, and the appropriate job description a new employee is given, the health screening services we carry out can also include baseline assessments in terms of certain conditions outlined under HSE and COSHH regulations; things that relate to items such as The Noise at Work Act etc.

What a pre-employment medical can cover

The exact nature of any pre-employment medicals or health screening services we perform will vary depending on the position that the job candidate is expected to take up. The medical can therefore cover a number of things including:

  • A candidate’s for medical history
  • Measurements of the candidate’s height, weight and body index
  • Recording of blood pressure and pulse
  • Urine analysis
  • A lifestyle evaluation
  • Screen in respect of hand arm vibration
  • Screen in respect of repetitive strain injury
  • An eyesight test
  • A test for colour blindness
  • A musculoskeletal assessment
  • Lung function test
  • Hearing test
  • Skin condition test
  • A specific medical for food handling
  • A specific medical or drivers
  • Medical checks for night workers
  • Blood tests
  • Evaluation of a candidate’s vaccination status
  • Screening for drugs and alcohol

Walk in occupational health screening services in London Wall

Here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall we offer a complete range of medical services for both private individuals and corporate clients. Our walk in health screening services are a fast and convenient way of obtaining prompt medical care, but if clients prefer, they can phone ahead to book GP consultations.

Broadgate Clinic London Wall – London’s occupation heath care specialists