Fitness for work

Protecting and maintaining a fit workforce is an important issue for rail employers. This guidance aims to bring together the key legal requirements associated with the management of fitness in the workplace. In addition, it sets out good practice and provides a signpost to relevant information sources and organisations for those working in the rail sector.

Fitness for work guidance pdf icon PDF, 236 Kb
Published 12 December 2017

With the introduction of driver licences (Train Driver Licences and Certificate Regulations, 2010) we have seen an upturn in enquiries on fitness for work, a need for greater understanding on fitness requirements associated with safety critical work and questions on where to locate the relevant law and industry standards.

Recent incidents, in the rail industry and wider, have underlined the importance of fitness for work assessments and the difficult decision-making surrounding them. The need for effective collaboration involving human resources, occupational health, managers and individuals who undertake safety critical work is essential.

This guidance should help rail employers to understand these interfaces and support better decision making on fitness for work.