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Rail Safety & Compulsory Medical
Why medicals are essential for working in the Rail Corridor?
To obtain a Rail Industry Worker card (RIW) you are required to undertake a medical assessment conducted by an ‘Authorised Health Professional’. At a basic level, these test your ability to be in the rail corridor and hear instructions, move to a safe place, and maintain an awareness of your surroundings.
CATEGORY 1 – High Level Safety Critical Workers: are the highest level safety critical workers. These are workers who require high level of attentiveness to their tasks and for whom sudden incapacity or collapse may result in serious incident affecting the public or the rail network.
CATEGORY 3 – Around the Track Person Workers: are also known as non-safety critical workers. Their ill health will not impact directly on the safety of the rail network or the public. As around the track personnel these workers are responsible for their own safety and the safety of fellow workers. A medical assessment will check the ability of a worker to walk in the rail corridor, work under supervision, and identify and move to a safe place.
Category 1 Rail Medical
Medicals incorporate coronary risk analysis, so you will need to have an ECG (heart check) and blood test (for cholesterol and glucose). We can send you a request form so you can get these tests done prior to your appointment.
Inclusions of a Category 1 Rail Medical
The workers will need to fast before undertaking a pathology test from the night before
This medical includes:
- K10 Questionnaire for Psychological Health
- Epworth Sleepiness Scale
- Alcohol AUDIT Questionnaire for alcohol use
- Hearing Assessment up to 3000Hz
- Vision Assessment
- General Health Assessment & Questionnaire
The medical also includes a Drug & Alcohol screen (breath and urine analysis).
Category 1 medicals are valid from:
At time of commencement, then:
- Every 5 years to age 50, then
- Every 2 years to age 60, then
- Every year.
Category 3 Rail Medical
This medical assessment will check the ability of a worker to walk in the rail corridor, work under supervision, and identify and move to a safe place.
Inclusions of a Category 3 Rail Medical
The Category 3 rail medical is the minimum requirement to work within the Rail Corridor
This medical includes an assessment of:
- Hearing (up to 2000 Hz)
The medical also includes a Drug & Alcohol screen.
This medical is valid from the date of the issue until the employer reaches 40 years of age. After the age of 40, a medical renewal is required every 5 years. This is in accordance with Metro Rail Guidelines for working on the rail.
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