The following are some of the tests that can be done to check the health of employees. Which tests are used in any specific case will depend on the risk assessment for that particular job.
Hearing is tested by audiometer. The hearing threshold at a range of frequencies is checked and limits are set for specific jobs. The test takes 15- 30 minutes.
• Respiratory / Lung function (spirometry)
The person blows into a spirometer (portable) and the machine measures lung function. This can detect asthma and other lung diseases.
• Skin check
A questionnaire is completed asking whether or not the person gets skin symptoms, particularly at work. The person’s skin is examined to look for signs of sensitivity to gloves or chemicals, for example, used in the work environment.
• Safety critical worker
The purpose of a safety critical medical is to identify if there is any risk or likelihood of developing a health problem that could cause sudden illness, for example, whilst undertaking work, and there are certain tests that can highlight this likelihood.