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Night work is strongly tied with disrupted sleep patterns and natural bodily rhythms. Therefore, this could have an effect on not just the safety and effectiveness of performance but also the health of the workers. Links have also been identified between night work and digestive disorders, heart disease, headaches, and stress. Also, it could worsen some existing health conditions such as epilepsy, depression, anxiety, diabetes, or any other ongoing condition that requires regular medication.
Night workers are entitled to regular health checks, and as an employer you are required to offer repeat assessments. In situations where health problems are as a result of night work, employers must offer an appropriate work alternative if they can. Also, you should keep records of worker health assessments for up to two years and if an employee declined an assessment then you should record the dates it was offered.
These assessments come under the Working Time Regulations 1999 which also state that a night-worker is someone who normally works at least three hours a night – between 11pm and 6am, although workers and employees may agree to vary this.
Employers must offer night-workers a free assessment but completion of the assessment by the worker is voluntary.
Our questionnaire screening forms part of the on-site Occupational Health Advisor provision and individuals can be referred for a medical in the event of any medical trigger points being identified.
As well as creating shift patterns to ensure there is enough rest time between working hours and providing healthy food options onsite for night workers, further advice you can offer to your night shift employees include:
From experience there are a number of benefits to screening night workers at your business:
Our night-worker screening questionnaire is available online or in a paper format for employees and it can be offered to employees annually, or on a more regular basis if employers feel it is necessary.
If the employee wishes to complete the assessment, they will complete the comprehensive questionnaire and submit it to our team along with their signed consent form
The results will be reviewed by our specialist Occupational Health advisers and a telephone call will be placed to discuss anything which may have been highlighted, taking into account the type of work that will be done and the restrictions on the worker’s working time under the regulations.
A fitness letter will be created and this will either:
Medical conditions taken into consideration:
If an employee suffers from one or more of the above conditions it does not automatically mean that they are unsuitable for night-working.
The medical conditions will be identified, along with all risk factors, and then advice given so that they can be managed effectively within the role – ensuring that the employee’s health, or other people’s safety, remains unaffected.
We have been using My Occ Health’s services for our employer clients for several years now. I can say without hesitation that their service, both quality of medical opinion and speed is second to none that either I or my fellow employment lawyers have experienced using other providers.R. Llewellyn-Bell, Bell Taylor
“Excellent. Have engaged Myocchealth on numerous occasions and have always received good turnaround times, and a personal, responsive and comprehensive service from the team.”J. Charles, The HR Dept
“I have been using the services of My Occ Health for several years now and during that time they have never fallen short of the mark. Their assistance and support have been exemplary throughout. All in all, as a business partner, My Occ Health have excelled and long may our relationship continue.”S. Wright, Stagecoach Bus
“We’ve been pleased to use My Occ Health on behalf of a number of clients, for complex occupational health assessments. The quality of the reports, together with the speed of the consultation process has meant our clients have been able to get information quickly to support staff back to work and to remain ‘well at work’.“N. Kelly, The HR Dept