Employees who transport staff and/or students in the course of their job are required to undergo a health assessment to determine fitness to drive.
The CVCP Code of Practice for Safety in Fieldwork requires drivers to be in a fit physical state.
- Fieldwork and Outdoor Education (Health and Safety Notice OBUHSN-24)
- Minibus Drivers (Health and Safety Notice OBUHSN-27)
If employees are required to drive as a part of their job description, clearance will be sought on appointment which will be subject to satisfactory health clearance. The assessment will be carried out by the OH Adviser and will comprise a short questionnaire and some measurements such as blood pressure, vision assessment and a urine test for indication of diabetes. Booklet: "Medical Aspects on Fitness to Drive" published by the Medical Commission on Accident Prevention.
The assessment will be carried out at the following intervals as recommended for other forms of occupational fitness to drive health assessments:
- 5 yearly up to the age of 40
- Every 2.5 years between the ages of 41 and 59
- annually from the age of 60.
Results of the fitness to drive health assessments will be held in confidence by the OH Adviser and fitness to drive declaration issued to those within the University who have a responsibility for hiring or loaning minibuses. If an employee is deemed unfit to drive a minibus for any reason they will be notified. They will also be entitled to seek further advice if they so wish. Driving Licence holders are reminded that there is a statutory obligation to notify the Licensing Agency (DVLA) as soon as they become aware that they have any condition which could affect safe driving either now or in the near future.