What Is A Coal Board Medical?

A Coal Board Medical is a prerequisite medical examination required for anyone employed or seeking employment in the coal mine industry. The examination is conducted by a certified Coal Board doctor and covers a range of health concerns specific to working in the mines. These include lung function tests, hearing tests, and vision tests.

The examination also includes a review of the worker’s medical history to identify any pre-existing conditions that could worsen with exposure to dust or other airborne particles. Once the examination is complete, the doctor will issue a certificate of fitness that must be renewed on an annual basis. 

The Coal Board Medical is an important safety measure that helps to ensure that workers are healthy and able to safely perform their duties.

A General Health Checkup

What Is Involved In A Coal Board Medical?

The examination consists of a series of tests and assessments that are designed to determine whether or not the individual is fit for work. 

These tests and assessments can vary depending on the specific requirements of the mine site, but they typically include a general health check, an assessment of vision and hearing, and a musculoskeletal assessment. In addition, the individual will also be required to complete a breathing test and a urine test.

There are two types of assessments that can be conducted – an interim medical assessment and a full medical assessment. An interim medical assessment is typically conducted when a worker first starts in the industry, or if they have been away from work for an extended period of time.

How Can I Get A Coal Board Medical In Queensland?

Queensland coal workers must complete a health assessment in order to be cleared to work. This assessment is important in order to identify any health concerns that may put you at risk while working. The assessment must be booked through the online appointment request page. 

The appointment request page includes a link to Section 1 for your booking representative to complete. Once Section 1 is completed, you will be able to schedule your assessment.

At your assessment, a variety of tests will be conducted in order to clear you for work. These tests may include a hearing test, lung function test, and general physical examination. If you have any concerns about the assessment process or what will be required of you, please speak with your booking representative.

How Long Is A Queensland Coal Board Medical Valid For?

Once an individual has passed the Coal Board Medical, they are issued a certificate that is valid for five years. Employers must ensure that Coal Board Medicals are completed on every new employee intended to work at a coal mine.

A Coal Board Medical is valid for five years provided the worker remains employed with the same company. If an individual leaves their job or is dismissed from their position, their Coal Board Medical will no longer be valid. Individuals who wish to work in the coal mining industry must ensure that they have a current Coal Board Medical before beginning any employment.

How Much Does A Queensland Coal Board Medical Cost?

Depending on the health assessment required, the Queensland Coal Board Medical may cost anywhere from $100 to $2,000. Employers are responsible for paying for the health assessment and exit assessment, which includes referrals, tests, and reasonable travel expenses for any further investigations that may be required.

The employer only receives a copy of the completed health assessment or exit assessment report. They are not responsible for payment of any treatment that may be required as a consequence of the assessment or examination. 

In general, the cost of a Queensland Coal Board Medical will depend on the specific needs of the individual being assessed.