Staff who regularly work at least 3 hours during the ‘night period’ are night workers.
The night period is 11pm to 6am, unless the worker and employer agree a different night period.
This is the HSE guidance about health assessment for employers with workers who work nights:
Employers must offer workers a free health assessment before they become a night worker.
The assessment must be compiled by a qualified health professional. It can be a questionnaire.
Employers must take into account that night work might increase a worker’s stress levels.
The worker must get a follow-up examination by a health professional when an employer is unsure if the worker is fit for night work.
A repeat assessment must be offered regularly.
The employer must offer suitable other work where possible if a worker has health problems that a doctor says are related to night work.
- Night workers assessments are available from Workers Health, this is a simple cost effective process charged at only
£15 for a single assessment.