Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, Section 4, free health assessments must be offered to those about to work night shifts, and on a regular basis for those working night shifts (the regulations suggest that this should be annually). Some medical conditions can be made worse by working nights and others cause difficulty for the employee, particularly if they are required to take medications at set times or have meals at set times.
Most employers class night work as those shifts covering core hours of 23.00 to 06.00 (using the 24 hour clock system). It is vital to remember that night workers often miss out on other forms of occupational health provision, such as health surveillance. Night workers can be just as much at risk from chemical, dust and noise hazards as anybody else within the workplace and as such, should have face-to-face health surveillance within their normal working hours.
Who is at Risk?
The most practical way to offer free health checks to those working night shifts is via a confidential night workers' health questionnaire.
This is how the system could work:
Night workers' questionnaires should be offered:
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