Rail Medical Category Information

Medical Requirements

The medical requirements for rail industry workers depend on the risk of the work which they perform. The new National Health Assessment Standards for Rail Safety Workers came into effect on 20th January 2013, and replace the 2004 standards. The standard has been consolidated into a single volume and has been updated to reflect current medical best practice.

Category 1 - High Level Safety Critical Worker

Category 2 - Safety Critical Worker

Assessment Frequency
Medical assessments for Category 1 and Category 2 workers are to be carried out prior to commencing any work on the railway, and then at regular intervals as outlined below :

  • Every 5 years up to age 50
  • Every 2 years age 50-60
  • Every year age 60 onwards.

Category 3 - Around the Track Personnel

Assessment Frequency
Medical assessments for Category 3 workers are to be carried out prior to commencing any work on the railway, and then at intervals as outlined below:

  • Every 5 years from age of 40 and over.

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