Coal Board Medicals

A Coal Board Medical is a prerequisite medical examination required for anyone employed or seeking employment in the coal mine industry.

Every coal mining company must ensure that a health assessment is carried out for each person who is to be offered employment, or is already employed as a coal mine worker. The medical assessment must be carried out before the person is employed and periodically thereafter – with a complete assessment performed at least once every five years.

Prospective employees will complete an Interim Medical Assessment and enables the employer to assess your initial suitability for employment. The interim report contains NO medical information, only the need for conditions (such as wearing glasses, hearing devices, etc).

Harbour Road Medical is an accredited spirometry clinic registered with the RSHQ (Resources Safety & Health Queensland). 

What is assessed at a Coal Board Medical?

  • Hearing Test
  • Auditory Canal Examination
  • Vision Test
  • Spirometry Test (comparison to previous results if available)
  • Abdomen Examination
  • Skin Examination
  • Respiratory Questionnaire
  • Urinalysis
  • Cardiovascular System Examination
  • Musculoskeletal System Examination
  • Chest x-ray (ILO Standard) reported by Lungscreen Australia
  • Medical History

Frequently asked questions:

How long does a Coal Board Medical Take?

Please allow 90 minutes for your medical at our clinic.
If you do not have a current Chest Xray you will be required to attend a nearby radiology practice to have this done – please allow 30 minutes for the Chest Xray appointment.

When do I get the results?

Results are sent through as soon as all of the required information is received. Our AMA promptly reviews all information and a Section 4 is issued and sent. Immediate / same day results are available for some medicals or if specifically requested and pre-arranged.

Tips to avoid delays include:

  • Ensure a Section 1 has been completed by your employer and returned to us prior to your appointment
  • Make sure your details are completed correctly when registering with Lungscreen
  • Please ensure payment has been organised prior to the examination.
  • Give correct name and birthdate information at the time of booking (for the purpose of requesting previous spirometry reports)

What information is given to the employer?

There are laws protecting the confidentiality of the information contained within a Coal Board Medical and the results can only be released to the worker and/or an appointed representative. The legislation prohibits providing any documents other than the ‘Section 4’ to the employer without written consent.

How much does it cost?

Under Section 47 (3) of the Coal Mining Safety and Health Regulations 2001 the employer must pay for all, or part of the cost of the Health Assessment and not only by the mine-worker.

For accurate pricing, please contact our office on 07 4953 2566.

What do I need to bring?

Bring photo ID, corrective lenses and hearing aids (if worn) and wear loose comfortable clothing.

You will need to register for a lungscreen ID prior to your appointment, please visit the below link https://www.lungscreen.com/patients/registration-for-coal-workers