Registration and coffee


Welcome, introduction and background

Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • Fitness for work in safety critical roles
  • The Glasgow bin lorry crash and Germanwings flight 9525 disaster

Pre-employment and pre-placement health screening: research update

Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • Health screening, discrimination and employment
  • Complex questionnaires or simple declarations?
  • Impact on practice of The Equality Act 2010

The law part one: pre-employment health checks and medicals

Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Age, sex, pregnancy and disability discrimination
  • Employment law
  • Health and safety law – special cases
  • Human rights and data protection



Fitness to work

Dr Nerys Williams, consultant occupational physician

  • Making evidence based decisions
  • Perceptions and beliefs regarding fitness
  • Rehabilitation, adjustments and adaptations
  • Case studies

Fitness to drive and the OH professional

Dr Wyn Parry, senior medical adviser, DVLA

  • Accessing relevant medical information from GPs
  • Interpreting the DVLA’s Assessing fitness to drive guidance
  • Disclosing medical conditions to the DVLA without the individual’s consent

Discussion forum

  • An interactive question-and-answer session – your opportunity to discuss the issues that currently concern you with our expert speakers. Pre-submitted questions are welcomed.



Alcohol and drug testing

Dr Marianne Dyer, UK health manager, Shell

  • Drug and alcohol policies – legal and ethical considerations
  • Types of testing and methodology
  • Practicalities and pitfalls
  • Managing cases of misuse



The law part two: fit for work? Legal
compliance and better practice

Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

  • The Glasgow bin lorry crash – implications for healthcare professionals
  • Sick pay and evidence of sickness
  • Termination and retirement on health grounds
  • Disability – assessment and reasonable adjustments
  • Disclosure of unfitness to work without consent – impact of the revised GMC Confidentiality  guidance
  • Statutory health surveillance

Final questions


Close of conference

Benefits of attending

How will attending this workshop benefit you?

You will gain:

  • an up-to-the-minute understanding of how the legislation and case law relating to employment medicals and fitness for work impacts on your responsibilities and your day-to-day work. You’ll be certain of your obligations, and how to comply with them
  • insight into the issues affecting fitness to drive and drug and alcohol testing
  • an in-depth appreciation of best practice


This training is designed for:

  • OH and allied health professionals
  • HR managers
  • Safety professionals


    This highly regarded training day from The At Work Partnership has been running for 15 years, continuously updated as research emerges and law changes, and we have advised hundreds of delegates on how to achieve the best outcomes in these areas.

    Don’t miss out; make sure that you book today!

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