When Do Medical Conditions and Medication Become Safety Risks?
Some medical conditions, and medications, can cause sudden incapacity. This adds to risk, and affects our ability to keep everyone on the railways safe. Deciding whether rail workers in these situations are safe to carry out critical tasks is not simple. Occupational health specialists make subjective assessments, which are often based on a worst-case scenario. This can lead to inconsistent decision-making and an unnecessary reduction in the availability of staff.