All new starters, including those changing role, should complete and return a New Starter Health Declaration. In addition a pre-employment health check is needed for roles which have specific physical requirements such as working at height, climbing stairs or manual handling, or involve exposure to hazardous environments or substances (blood, chemicals, allergens, etc). The check is carried out by the Occupational Health Service, using the New starter health questionnaire. OHS may also recommend ongoing health monitoring.
By completing the Hazard specific and safety critical checklist (available on the right-hand side of the page) you can identify whether a pre-employment health check is required. If so, a New Starter Health Questionnaire is produced via PeopleXD with the offer letter. The department must complete the necessary sections of the form, in order to identify the Fitness to work clearance must be received from OHS before a new starter may commence their appointment, or commence the safety-critical duties.
Where the Questionnaire is sent it will be essential to receive Occupational Health sign-off before an individual may commence employment (to ensure the safety of the candidate within that particular post, and where applicable, consider if reasonable adjustments can be arranged to enable the employee to carry out the duties of the role offered).
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