HSE – Appointed Doctor for Asbestos, Licensed and Non-Licensed work

The HSE has issued new guidance in relation to Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (please see below) on 18th June 2020.

For periodic medical surveillance under CAR, appointed doctors can establish that workers carrying out licensed/non-licensed work with asbestos have no significant symptoms by administering a respiratory symptom questionnaire remotely and then a six month certificate may be issued. To do this, please complete and return the questionnaire below to Dr. Helen S Bryden, helen@brydenmedical.com.

‘Health and medical surveillance and safety critical medicals 

Guidance for occupational health providers, appointed doctors and employers during the coronavirus outbreak

In the light of advice from Public Health England (PHE) on COVID-19, HSE issued guidance on 20 March 2020, setting out a proportionate and flexible approach to enable health and medical surveillance to continue. This advice updates that guidance. It continues to balance the need to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers and the current constraints presented by the coronavirus outbreak. HSE will continue to review this guidance as appropriate (last updated 18 June 2020).

This guidance outlines a framework for how you can conduct health/medical surveillance and safety critical medicals remotely. It does not prevent you from carrying out face to face medical assessments where you have carried out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and put in place appropriate controls, taking into account PHE advice on coronavirus. 

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR)

For periodic medical surveillance under CAR, appointed doctors can establish that workers carrying out licensed work with asbestos have no significant symptoms by administering a respiratory symptom questionnaire remotely.

If there are no problems, they can issue a new medical certificate for up to 6 months, ensuring it clearly states for how long it is valid. If there are problems, they can assess them further by telephone consultation and decide if a face to face examination is justified. If it is (a face to face medical examination with spirometry should only be necessary in exceptional circumstances), they should undertake a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and put in place appropriate controls, taking into account PHE advice on coronavirus.

For those workers who previously had no problems and, on that basis, had a full assessment deferred for 3 months in accordance with HSE guidance issued on 20 March 2020, the appointed doctor can further defer a full assessment for up to 3 months without reviewing the worker again. They should issue a new medical certificate, ensuring it clearly states for how long it is valid.

For initial assessment of new workers, the appointed doctor can follow the guidance for periodic medical surveillance. If there are no problems, they can issue a medical certificate for up to 6 months, ensuring it clearly states for how long it is valid.

Doctors can follow the same approach for assessing workers who are carrying out non-licensed work with asbestos.’

For periodic medical surveillance under  the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 , please complete and return the respiratory questionnaire below to Dr. Helen S Bryden, helen@brydenmedical.com.  Thanks. 

Respiratory Symptom Questionnaire

Name______________________________ Date of Birth__________________

Address___________________________________________________________

Contact details Phone ______________________Email ____________________

Job Title____________________________________________________________

Employer’s name:____________________________________________________

Respiratory Symptoms

  1. Have you ever, or since your last examination had:

(a) An injury or operation affecting your chest?                                                                 Yes     No

(b) Pleurisy?                                                                                                                               Yes     No

(c) Pulmonary tuberculosis                                                                                                     Yes     No

  1. Do you usually cough during the day (or at night when on night work) Yes     No
  2. Do you usually bring up any phlegm from your chest on most days (or nights) Yes    No

for as much as three months each year?

  1. Do you usually get short of breath when walking with people of your own age Yes    No

on level ground?

  1. During the past three years, or since your last examination, have you had any chest illness, which has kept you from your usual activities for as much as a week? If NO, go to question 8        Yes    No
  2. Did you bring up more phlegm than usual in any of these illnesses? If NO, go to question 8

Yes     No

  1. How many illnesses like this have you had in the past three years or since your last medical?
  2. Have you ever smoked? If NO, please go to Q11  Yes     No
  3. (a) Do you smoke at present? Yes     No

(b) Have you given up smoking in the last month?                                                            Yes     No

(c) How old were you when you started smoking regularly? Enter age in years

(a regular smoker is defined as one who has smoked as much as one cigarette a day, one small cigar per day or one ounce of tobacco a month, for as long as a year)

(d) How many manufactured cigarettes do you usually smoke or were you smoking per day?

(e) How much tobacco do you usually smoke or were you smoking per day?

Enter number of grams (1 ounce = 28 grams

10. Ex-Smokers only – How old were you when you last smoked?

11.  How long have you worked with asbestos?

12. Which firms have you worked for?

 

 

 

Any other comments about your health that you would like to make?

 

 

 

 

To the best of my knowledge, the information which I have given is correct and I give my consent to this medical assessment, which is for the purpose of health surveillance under the Control of Asbestos Regulations. I authorize the release of medical information from this assessment to my G.P. if necessary.  I understand that confidential information about health and medical history will be confidentially treated, processed and stored in a secure environment by Bryden Medical Limited and will only be accessed and processed by those staff that have explicit and reasonable need to do so, with due consideration for Data Protection (GDPR 2018).

Signed: ____________________________Print Name: _____________________________ Date: ___________________________________          

Please email completed forms and any questions to Dr Helen Bryden at helen@brydenmedical.com         Thank you.

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