Everything You Need To Know About Fit-for-Duty Test

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Workplace | 0 comments

In most instances, one of the major causes of workplace injuries is letting the wrong employee do a certain job. The employee tasked to perform a certain job is either physically not ready or totally unable to perform essential job functions. This is where a fit-for-duty test can come in handy. These tests can protect an employee from injury and you from paying workers’ compensation claim.

A fit-for-duty test can be administered as part of a functional employment testing. It may include the following examinations:

  • Return to work. This is administered if you are unsure that an employee who has been out for a while is ready to resume their work after an injury despite getting medical clearance.
  • Job Performance. You can give this test to an employee if you think that they cannot perform an essential function of the job or that they are not at par with the standards of other employees
  • Post-offer Physical Examination. Also called as physical abilities testing or pre-placement exams, it may include comprehensive questionnaires, musculoskeletal assessment, drug screen, and medical surveillance.

Fit-for-duty exams can also be interchanged with functional capacity evaluations (FCE). Administering such exams is a legal right of employers. While the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit discrimination when hiring a disabled worker, the same disability cannot prevent them from doing an essential function of the job. A prospective employee who is in a wheelchair can be hired if he or she can perform say a desk job. The Americans with Disabilities Act sets two conditions for fit-for-duty tests:

  • Can the prospective employee perform the essential functions?
  • Does the worker have a medical condition that can directly threaten the safety and health of the worker or other employees?

These conditions can help decide whether a comebacking employee is indeed ready to work. The goal of fit-for-duty test is to check whether an employee can meet the physical demands of a position.
 

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