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Graham



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:28 pm    Post subject: Medical exams and safety critical roles. Reply with quote

I've been asked about medical standards and which roles they apply to.
Is there one medical exam with a simple pass or fail?
Is there a list of safety critical roles, where all roles not on that list can be assumed to have no minimum medical standard required?
I doubt it's that straightforward, but I can't find any official rules or standards or guidelines.

Is there an established medical exam the SVR uses that can be referenced on line or compared with any other known medical standard. For example, I might think that as I have passed the HGV driver's medical exam within the last five years, then I will automatically pass the SVR's exam, except that I know the SVR tests for colour blindness as well.

I take it all footplate crew, guards and signallers are considered safety critical. Could someone with say, colour blindness, work as platform staff or on P.Way work as long as they were restricted to duties that didn't involve having to identify a green or red flag?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a look at SMS-POL-125 "Medical Examinations Policy", which states medicals apply to safety-critical work only, and SMS-POL-113 "Safety Critical Roles" defines what roles are safety-critical.

The first document also discusses the applicability of third party medical certifications.

(I had to wade through several pages of documents for various items that had "medical advice" somewhere in the wording before finding those policies, so I don't blame you for not immediately finding them)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'd put "medical" in the whole site search box at the top right and found nothing relevant. I should have used the one on the Corporate Documents page.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Medical exams and safety critical roles. Reply with quote

Graham wrote:
I take it all footplate crew, guards and signallers are considered safety critical.

Can I just point out that the SVR doesn't have signallers -- it has signalmen! It doesn't matter whether they are male or female, they are still signalmen. One lady in particular, who used to work Bridgnorth signalbox regularly, objected strongly to being called anything else; lady signalman if you must, but never signalwoman or signaller!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now you mention it, I'm sure I've heard that before, I should have remembered. As someone who has recently joined the Society of Meccanomen, I really ought to know better.
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