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

Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic,  our clinic is currently closed, as our face-to-face work is considered to be non-essential at the moment. We don’t know when we will be reopening as yet.

The HSE has issued new guidance in relation to Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (please see below).
If you have any questions, you’re welcome to contact me on helen@brydenmedical.com.
Best wishes,
Dr Helen S Bryden,
HSE Appointed Doctor.

‘HSE Guidance for occupational health providers, appointed doctors and employers on performing health/medical surveillance

In the light of advice from Public Health England on COVID-19, HSE has set out in guidance below, a proportionate and flexible approach to enable health/medical surveillance to continue. It applies where workers are undergoing periodic review under several sets of health and safety regulations. The guidance balances the current constraints presented by the COVID-19 outbreak and the need to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers. The guidance will be subject to review.

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR): To undertake medical surveillance under CAR, appointed doctors can establish the worker has no significant symptoms by using a respiratory symptom questionnaire undertaken remotely. Providing there are no problems, they can then issue a new certificate for three months. Those with problems can be assessed further, for example, by telephone in the first instance. A judgement can then be made on whether to see the worker face to face and, if so, how to do so safely.’

If required, please complete the respiratory symptom questionnaire below and return it to helen@brydenmedical.com. Thank you.

Respiratory Symptom Questionnaire

Name______________________________ Date of Birth__________________


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)

  1. Ex-Smokers only – How old were you when you last smoked?
  2. How long have you worked with asbestos?
  3. Which firms have you worked for?



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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