Category 1 Rail Medical (CAT 1)

This is the highest level of rail medical available and is for rail workers or contractors undertaking a safety critical role requiring a high level of attentiveness to their tasks and where sudden incapacity may result in a serious incident affecting the public or the rail network.
Medical Category 1

This is the highest level of rail medical available and is for rail workers or contractors undertaking a safety critical role requiring a high level of attentiveness to their tasks and where sudden incapacity may result in a serious incident affecting the public or the rail network.

According to the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers, a serious incident means: an accident or incident that affects the public or the rail network resulting in: death of a person; incapacitating injury to a person; a collision or derailment involving rolling stock that results in significant damage; or any other occurrence that results in significant property damage.

What is included in a CAT 1 Rail Medical:

The Cat 1 Rail Medical requires workers to fast the night before undertaking the pathology test. The medical includes the following:

  • 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
  • Drug and Alcohol screen (breath and urine analysis)
  • ECG (heart check) prior to your medical
  • Blood test prior to your medical

We can arrange for you to receive a blood test and ECG request form prior to attending your Cat 1 medical. This will allow your results to be reviewed at this appointment.

 

How long is a CAT 1 Rail Medical valid for?

Category 1 Rail medicals are valid from the time of commencement to:

  • Every 5 years up until the age of 50, then
  • Every 2 years from age 50 up until the age of 60, then
  • Every year form age 60 onwards

 

Book your Cat 1 Rail Medical by contacting us via email: medbookings@cert.edu.au or, phone: 1300 042 378

 

Still have questions? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more advice.

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