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How to efficiently conduct pre-placement medical screening

by , 04 October 2013
Pre-placement medical screening isn't a legal requirement. But where you have high-risk occupations, you should conduct medical pre-placement exams. Read on to discover how to conduct pre-placement screening effectively.

'If you employ high-risk employees, use pre-placement medical screening,' says the Health&Safety Advisor.

But the big question is: How do you conduct these exams effectively?

Use these steps to conduct pre-placement screening in your workplace

To conduct pre-placement screening, start by identifying which positions you want to fill. Then follow this process:

Step #1: Identify the hazards and risk associated with the job

Health risk assessments are a measure of hazards in the work environment that can be potentially harmful.

Step #2: Create a Man Job specification

A Man Job specification is a tool used to determine the physical requirements, working environments, protective equipment needed and exclusions from work.

Step #3: Select suitable applicants

Once you've created your health risk assessment and Man Job specification, select which candidates meet the necessary requirement. After this, send the successful applicants for a health assessment.

Step #4: Conduct a health assessment

The medical facility will use the appropriate medical questionnaire, interview and examination for that particular occupation.

For example, a prospective pilot must undergo a medical interview, personal questionnaire and physical and psychological examination. He must also have the relevant tests such as vision, hearing, coordination test, centrifuge pressure chamber and blood tests.

Step #5: Notify relevant departments about the outcome

Notify the Human Resources department of the outcome of the medical assessment. Make recommendations if any medical information is required from an outside source.

For example, get a specialist report from a cardiologist if you suspect a candidate has heart problems. Or request a previous occupational history where a candidate has had previous exposure to hazards from noise, lead or dust.

Once the successful candidate is appointed and he's started working, ensure he receives any relevant immunisation such as Hepatitis B.

It's that simple. With these steps you'll be sure to conduct pre-placement medical screening efficiently.

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