Fitness Assessment & Employer Screening

Physical Ability Testing

  • Job-Task Simulation Tests

  • Physical Fitness Tests 

  • Fit For Duty Exam

  • Lift Test

  • Pre-employment Physical Fitness Assessment

Advantages 
can identify individuals who are physically unable to perform the essential functions of a job without risking injury to themselves or others can result in decreased costs related to disability/medical claims, insurance, and workers compensation decreased absenteeism
Disadvantages
costly to administer
requirements must be shown to be job related through a thorough job analysis
may have age based disparate impact against older applicants
Fitness for the job 
Rejection of an applicant for failing a physical abilities test must be based on a determination of the individual’s fitness for the job not on a general determination on the disabilities of the applicant.
Liability Although a physician may administer the physical abilities test, it is the employer who decides to hire or not, therefore the liability for violations of Title VII or ADA will rest with the employer.
Physical Abilities Screening
Pre-hire screens are 30 minutes toward a safer, more productive, less injury-prone workforce. Return-to-work screens are simple functional tests lasting from a half hour to an hour that objectively and accurately answer the all-important question: is this employee ready to get back to work? Pre-transfer screens and periodic fitness for duty testing help ensure that workers stay safe once hired and on the job. Done correctly, these screens save employers money and reduce employee injury. 
The following information should be shared with the applicant prior to testing:
 You will undergo a Physical Ability Testing Screen that has been tailored to the most demanding
tasks of the job for which you are applying.
 Bring a driver’s license or photo ID.
 Wear loose fitting clothes, stable, non-slip shoes; do not wear mini-skirts, tight fitting
slacks/jeans, and/or shorts;
 Wear stable non-slip shoes defined as: Non-skid soles (tennis shoe, or leather sole with
ridges/non-slip pattern); No slippers, no crocs, no sling-back shoes, no flip-flops, no sandals;
 Take any and all medications, as prescribed;
 If possible, bring medication containers or a list of medications to the screening.
 Refrain from caffeine and nicotine prior to screening to minimize impact on heart rate and blood
pressure.
 Resting blood pressure and heart rate will be checked prior to and throughout testing. If your
blood pressure and heart rate falls outside specific parameters, you will be required to obtain
from your physician a signed medical clearance form prior to testing, for your safety.
 If you are pregnant, you will be required to obtain from your physician a signed medical
clearance form prior to testing, for your safety.
 If you have had recent surgery, testing may be deferred until written clearance is obtained from
the surgeon who performed the surgery.
Are You Fit For Duty?
Physical Ability Testing was designed to assess a candidate’s ability to perform job-related tasks which require high-endurance and physical skill. The purpose in validating a physical ability test is to provide EMS providers with the scientific and legal basis for using physical ability test outcomes as a basis for employment screenings.
These test criteria measure abilities such as strength, muscular flexibility, and stamina.
Biometric Screening
Biometric screenings give employers important baseline information to help shape their corporate wellness program.  This quick exam can also show your employees how to improve their health.
  • Cholesterol
  • Glucose
  • Blood Pressure
  • Height/Weight
  • Body Mass Index

Contact Us for more information about integrating pre-hire physical abilities testing into your operation.  

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