Most companies are aware of the statutory need for HGV Drivers or PSV Drivers to undergo regular medical checks. However, few companies think about their other vocational drivers. A vocational driver can be classed as any employee who drives a company vehicle or a vehicle on behalf of the company, from the Managing Director down to the van drivers, sales team members and Fork Lift Truck drivers.
Fleet management (company cars and other company vehicles) is increasingly coming into focus in the health & safety arena, with an increase in driver awareness training, risk assessments and defensive driving techniques. The main gap in fleet management appears to be the lack of assessment of employees' fitness to drive. Visual impairments, undiagnosed medical conditions, medical conditions that cause sudden collapse and other medical conditions can increase the likelihood and severity of traffic accidents, both on and off site.
Legally, the need for drivers' medicals is implicit, rather than explicit. The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 states that an employer is required to ensure, as far as is reasonably practical, that employees' health is not put "at risk" due to activities in the workplace. The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires that health & safety must be managed effectively, with specific requirements for risk assessment. However, there is no specific legislation at present requiring FLT & vocational drivers' health assessments, but it is implicit that management systems are required to assess & reduce risk, which would include ensuring fitness to drive standards are maintained.
Further information regarding Fork Lift Trucks is found in the following documents:
In Occupational Health practice, health standards for driving company cars & FLT are based on the DVLA Guidelines This has more stringent requirements than the Group 1 category for cars & motorcycles & requires screening at the following intervals:
Each appointment takes between
20 and 30 minutes and can be carried out at your premises to avoid
the disruption and inconvenience of sending employees to an off
site facility. A fitness statement will be issued following attendance
for the drivers' medical. This will indicate fitness to drive,
any specific restrictions and finally any relevant information
relating to the Equality Act 2010.
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