Registration and coffee


Welcome, introduction and background
Dr John Ballard, Occupational Health [at Work]

  • Fitness for work in safety-critical roles
  • Major incidents

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 of equalities and data protection legislation on employment practice

The Law Part One: Pre-employment health checks and medicals
Nick Hanning, Anthony Gold Solicitors

  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Age, sex, pregnancy and disability discrimination
  • Data protection – Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR
  • Employment law
  • Health and safety law – special cases
  • Human rights



Fitness for work
Dr Tony Williams, Working Fit

  • Making evidence-based decisions
  • Perceptions and beliefs regarding fitness
  • Self assessment/declaration versus employment medicals
  • Role of the GP/specialist
  • Do you need a specialist’s report?
  • Implications of ageing on fitness
    – Healthcare
    – Transport
  • Rehabilitation, adjustments and adaptations
  • COVID-19 and fitness for work

Safety-critical fitness for work
Dr Donna Morgans, LNER

  • Assessing fitness for safety-critical work
    – Pre-placement or pre-employment?
    – Assessing ongoing fitness for work
    – What criteria to use
    – Industry standards
  • Drug and alcohol testing
    – Legal and ethical considerations
    – When to test and what to test
    – Practicalities and pitfalls
    – Managing cases

Discussion forum

  • An interactive Q&A session – your opportunity to discuss the issues that currently concern you with our expert speakers. Pre-submitted questions are welcome.



Fitness to drive and the OH professional
Dr Nick Jenkins, Senior Medical Doctor, 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
  • The ageing driver – implications of the Coventry bus crash



The Law Part Two: Fit for work? Legal compliance and better practice
Prof Diana Kloss, barrister

  • The meaning of fitness: ability to do the job or assessing potential harm to the worker?
  • Glasgow bin lorry and Coventry bus crashes – implications for healthcare professionals
  • Sick pay and evidence of sickness
  • Termination and retirement on health grounds
  • Disability – assessment and reasonable adjustments
  • Age discrimination – when is it justified?
  • Disclosure of unfitness to work without consent
  • Statutory health surveillance
  • COVID-19

Final questions


Close of conference

Benefits of attending

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 understanding of best practice and evidence-based decisions

PLUS – printed documentation to keep for future reference.


This training is designed for:

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

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