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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Medical Examinations

No enquiry is made to a member of staff's own General Practitioner without the prior consent of the member of staff.

There are statutory requirements which mean that certain staff are required to attend a medical examination to determine medical fitness for work. Such staff include those whose occupations are concerned with processes involving the use of radiation equipment, lasers, animal handling, and selective genetic manipulation. Neither potential new recruits nor existing members of staff will be asked to take a test for HIV antibodies as part of a routine medical examination. You will be asked to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire which is returned to our occupational health adviser.

It is not the University's policy to require regular medical examinations but staff are required to have a medical examination if they have suffered from any illness which might directly affect their work. Certain categories of staff involved in known risk processes (ionising radiation, respiratory sensitisors, e.g. animals, solder, cutting oils, vibration and noise) or who work with certain hazardous materials are required to be regularly monitored by the Occupational Health Adviser.