How to ensure your fit-for-duty test complies with the law

Fit-for-duty tests are conducted to ensure that a worker is physically and psychologically able to perform his tasks without causing harm to himself and to others. These exams are strictly targeted, which means it is limited to assessing the worker’s capability to perform specific job functions. They are never designed to acquire irrelevant, possibly discriminatory details, such as hereditary conditions.

A fit-for-duty exam that is perceived to be discriminatory or prejudicial could violate the law. As such, it is important for employers and managers to seek only the information that is relevant to the job function involved. Employers may also consider making fit-for-duty exams a part of their workplace policy by establishing who are required to take the exams, such as those returning from extensive medical leave, or those who have shown non-standard behavior in the workplace that could cause harm.

At WorkSTEPS, we offer scientific and highly-efficient fit-for-duty examinations that are in full compliance with the law. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn how fit-for-duty examinations should be done.

Firefighters need regular post-employment physical agility testing

Firefighters have a noble but demanding mandate of protecting the community from disaster situations, including fires. As such, workers in this field are required to be physically and mentally fit to deal with the everyday hazards associated with their work. The demanding nature of firefighting also requires them to be assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are meeting the physical criteria necessary to perform their tasks safely.

Post-employment physical agility tests monitor firefighters’ capability to meet the demands of their duty through scientific and quantifiable screening. Tests of this type should also be highly job-related, and should in no way discriminate against workers on the basis of race, age, or sex.

WorkSTEPS offers post-employment physical agility tests designed to accurately measure a firefighter’s capabilities, which he or she needs during the most critical phases of firefighting and other emergency situations. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our services today.

What employers should know about upper limb disorders

Upper limb disorders (ULD) refer to any problem involving the neck or any portion of the upper extremities. ULDs are oftentimes accompanied by pain, cramps, numbness, stiffness, swelling, or a tingling sensation in the affected area. Causes of ULD vary, from compromised tendons and muscles, poor blood circulation, to abnormal delivery of nerve signals to the upper limb.

ULD is among the most common illnesses affecting workers in certain industries. Workers exposed to the following factors are considered at highest risk:

  • Repetitive motion
  • Forceful and sustained effort
  • Ergonomically uncomfortable workspaces
  • Stressful work environment

To maintain a safe and productive workplace, employers may choose to establish a Fit-for-Duty evaluation to assess the capacity of the workers returning from ULD in performing job-specific tasks. This way, the employer can gauge if the returning employee is fit to perform the tasks delegated to him, or if he needs to be reassigned to other duties.

At WorkSTEPS, we can help your business set up a Fit-for-Duty test. Call us now at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our services.