People and Organisational Development

Support & well-being

Occupational Health and Wellbeing Service

Health assessment

For some types of work, it is recognised 'good practice' to ensure an individual is fit for the role they are employed to undertake; and to ensure their health is not likely to be prejudiced by any role they may be required to undertake. 

The table below summarises the most commonly occurring issues in the University.

Fitness for work – at a glance

Type of work

 Standard required

How this is assessed

All work – new starters

Ability to carry out particular role without risk to self or others

New starter declares any underlying disability on their HR acceptance form and is then followed up by OH if required.  The emphasis is on making reasonable adjustments to support the individual, in accordance with the requirements of the Equality Act (2010)

New Starters with any identified need for medical assessment e.g. hearing tests, Fork Lift Truck driver, will be picked via a separate risk assessment conducted by the recruiting manager.

Wearing respiratory protective equipment (e.g. self-contained breathing apparatus )

Overall good level of fitness, assessed on a case by case basis

Formal assessment carried out in Occupational health, reviewed every 3 years


Operating a Fork Lift Truck (FLT)

Equivalent to DVLA Group 1 driver’s license standard

Formal medical carried out in Occupational health prior to first use; over age 45 only and every 5 years thereafter; annually over age 65

Working at heights

Suitability at work

Medical carried out in OH prior to working at heights – review every 2 years thereafter

Driving a University vehicle

DVLA group 1 drivers’ license standard

Individual has personal responsibility to notify LU/DVLA of any contraindications

Driving a private vehicle on University business

DVLA group 1 drivers’ license standard

Individual has personal responsibility to notify LU/DVLA of any contraindications

International travel

Must be vaccinated according to the health risks in host country

No vaccines offered at LU- individual must see either own GP or specialist   travel clinic, such as Employees can claim costs back via expenses


Absence   of conditions which could be made worse by night work

Voluntary   completion of a questionnaire annually; follow up by OH where indicated

Computer work

("DSE/ VDU")

Eyesight testing to be provided on request to Computer users, in accordance with the   DSE regulations

Online DSE assessment MUST be completed by ALL staff by visiting Cardinus

Voucher  for eyesight testing provided by emailing OH, to be redeemed at the on-campus opticians.