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Pre-Placement Medical Assessments - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

Both employers and staff have obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act (2011) and Work Health and Safety Regulations (2011) to ensure safety in the workplace. Pre-placement medical assessments are required for positions which have been identified by the risk management process as posing a potentially significant health risk and the risk could be reduced through the application of a pre-placement medical assessment.

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

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3. Policy Scope/Coverage

This policy applies to positions that require a pre-placement medical assessment.

4. Policy Statement

Pre-placement medical assessments are required as part of the recruitment process for any positions identified as representing a significant health risk to the incumbent.

Supervisors who identify positions in which the individual candidate's health status could potentially pose a health or safety risk for themselves or others due to the inherent requirements of the position should refer the candidate to the Occupational Health Nurse Adviser to arrange further health assessment. Pre-placement medical assessments consider only the applicants’ capacity to perform the inherent requirements of the job by taking into account information provided by the workplace. This includes the position description and its component tasks.

5. Identification of Positions Requiring Pre-Placement Medical Assessments

Prior to advertising, supervisors (in consultation with the Occupational Health Nurse Adviser) are responsible for identifying positions where a pre-placement medical assessment may be required. The supervisor must complete a risk assessment as outlined in PPL 2.30.01 Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management. Health risks include but are not limited to; allergens, hazardous substances, infectious substances and noise.

It is recommended that the supervisor uses the OH&S New Worker Induction Checklist as a guide when undertaking a risk assessment to identify positions in which staff are required to work with substances or processes which could directly affect the health of staff. It is particularly important to consider pre-placement medical assessment where the appointee will be exposed on a continuing basis to animal allergens in their workplace environment. The assessment aims to identify pre-existing allergenic problems that may increase the risk to health for that individual. The candidate will be asked to attend for medical assessment and lung function testing in accordance with the OH&S guideline, PPL 2.60.12 Health Surveillance for Laboratory Animal Allergy.

6. Arranging a Pre-Placement Medical Assessment

The supervisor of the candidate must contact the Occupational Health Nurse Adviser at the Occupational Health and Safety Unit to arrange a pre-placement medical assessment.

Job applicants should be advised that the pre-placement medical assessment is just one component of the recruitment process, and that all parts of the recruitment process must be successfully completed before the applicant can be appointed.

7. Inquiries on Pre-Placement Medical Assessments and Risk Assessment

Any inquiries relating to pre-placement medical examinations must be directed to the Occupational Health Nurse Adviser. For information on the University's risk assessment and risk management procedures please contact the Occupational Health and Safety Unit.

Custodians
Director, Human Resources
Mr Bill Kernahan (Acting)

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Notification of Pre-Placement Medical Assessment - Form

Notification of Pre-Placement Medical Assessment - Form

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This form must be completed by the supervisor of candidates who are required to undergo a pre-placement medical assessment. The supervisor must contact the Occupational Health Nurse Advisor in the Occupational Health and Safety Division to arrange a pre-placement medical assessment.

For more information on pre-placement medical assessments, refer to PPL 5.30.16a Pre-Placement Medical Assessments - Policy.

Custodians
Director, Human Resources
Mr Bill Kernahan (Acting)
Custodians
Director, Human Resources
Mr Bill Kernahan (Acting)
Custodians
Director, Human Resources
Mr Bill Kernahan (Acting)