HSE – Appointed Doctor for Ionising Radiation

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  guidance about review under the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017  (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.

Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR)

For routine medical surveillance of classified persons under IRR, the appointed doctor can conduct a paper review. For high risk radiation workers such as industrial radiographers, or those classified persons at the end of the five-year cycle where a face to face review is planned, they can carry out a telephone consultation and review the dose records and sickness absence records. If there are no problems, a follow up face to face review can be scheduled three months later. Where there is a problem, a judgement can then be made on whether to see the worker face to face and, if so, how to do so safely.’

If you require a review, please complete this questionnaire and email it to helen@brydenmedical.com, along with the dose record, sickness absence record and Health Record. Thanks.

IONISING RADIATIONS: TELEPHONE HEALTH REVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE

Name:__________________________ Date of Birth:_____________

Address_________________________________________________

Phone ______________Email _________________

Job Title_________________________________________________

1.        Please state briefly what your job consists of: 

 

For the questions below, please tick “Yes or No” column and give details overleaf, as applicable No Yes
2.      Do you consider that you are in good health?If not, please give details overleaf.
3.      Have you, since your last medical examination at Occupational Health, been treated by your family doctor or specialist?If so, please state reason(s) overleaf.
4.      Have you been absent from work through illness in the past 12 months?If so, please give details of number of days absent and state overleaf the reasons and the approximate dates you were away.
5.      In the last 12 months, have you experienced:
·         Chest or breathing problems
·         Rashes or other skin problems
·         Anxiety, depression or other nervous or psychological problems
·         Any other health problems which you consider may affect your fitness to work with radiation or respiratory protection if required
If yes, please specify overleaf and indicate if these problems are still present or not.
6.        Have you, in the recent past, taken medicines regularly, or are you still doing so?If yes, please specify overleaf.
7.      Have you had to use any “over the counter” medication (including creams) more than once in the last year?(Describe overleaf).
8.      Do you use respiratory protective equipment (apart from in emergencies)If yes, please give details overleaf, particularly type of RPE used.
9.      Have you been involved in any incident which you incurred a higher radiation dose than usual or were contaminated?If so, please describe briefly overleaf.
10.  Has the nature of your work with radiation or sources of radiations changed in the last 12 months?If so, please state briefly in what way overleaf.
11.  Have you ever been exposed to any other carcinogenic agents at work?If yes, please give details overleaf.
12.  Have you ever had any special x-rays, scans (not MRI or ultrasound) or radiotherapy?If yes, please give details overleaf.
13.  With regard to your present state of health, do you feel you need to have a medical examination or see the Appointed Doctor? 

 

To the best of my knowledge the information which I have given is correct. I give my consent to this medical assessment. I understand that the purpose of this medical is to provide information regarding fitness for work under the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2019 and that any advice given will be expressed in terms of fitness for employment and / or fitness to carry out duties now and in the future. 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.