Functional Capacity Assessment & Pre-Employment Evaluation

Hire the right candidate the first time round. Prevent injury, reduce insurance claims, save time and money by having a pre-employment check or functional capacity assessment carried. You are not only protecting the candidate and your company, but also the rest of your workforce.

Call us today and start getting the most out of your employees.

Pre-employment skills evaluation

At Corporate Work Health Australia, our team is made up of health professionals with a variety of specialist knowledge who are perfectly placed to thoroughly and competently assess the suitability of any candidate for any job role.

We act as an impartial third party that you can depend on for a clear, honest and objective opinion with regards to those you are considering hiring. This service is vital in terms of injury prevention and helps reduce the number of workplace injuries, which can have a beneficial effect on related premiums.

A functional capacity assessment is the perfect way to back your intuition with regards to the suitability of a candidate with objective evidence. So, leave nothing to chance and get in touch with us here at Corporate Work Health Australia today for a thorough, dependable service that will stand your organisation in good stead.

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Pre-employment Functional Assessment

Applications for job vacancies can come in from many suitable candidates, and it can be hard to know if the person that you are considering employing is physically capable of carrying out the role. With a pre-employment functional assessment * from Corporate Work Health Australia, you can be sure that you are hiring the right person.

As we act as an independent third party, you can trust that the results from our assessments reassure you that a potential worker is fit to complete their role within your company and not be susceptible to injury within the workplace.

Why is it Vital to Perform Pre-Employment Checks?

Unfortunately, the workplace can become a hazardous environment for injuries that occur when employees are carrying out their jobs. With the correct manual handling training and strong ergonomics, you can minimise the risk of injuries and musculoskeletal complaints.

However, when workplace injuries do occur, it can cause great expense to your company, both in terms of staff being off sick and if the injury is claimed upon. By hiring fit employees in the first place, the risk of work-related injuries can be reduced, and this is why we perform an independent pre-employment functional capacity assessment.

We run a series of tests that assesses their suitability for the post. This includes finding out if they have pre-existing health concerns or conditions, as this could affect their ability to perform their job. Additionally, this gives you some protection in the future against false claims of injury.

We also test to see if they can carry out the physical demands that their role would entail. Depending on the nature of the role, this could include aerobic fitness, musculoskeletal assessment, manual material handling assessment, re-qualifiers, and critical demands assessment.

Along with this, we determine if they are at risk of future injuries so that you are aware. If we find out that they are, we will be able to see what can be done to prevent it.

A potential employee who is unable to carry out the physical demands of their role can pose a threat to the rest of your team, so it is a worthwhile pre-employment check to go through.

Corporate Work Health Uses The JOB FIT SYSTEM To Carry Out Functional Capacity Assessments

At Corporate Work Health Australia we adopt the JobFit Training System to undertake pre employment screening and functional capacity evaluations.

The JobFit Training System was developed by health and safety specialists (physiotherapists, ergonomists) to provide companies a simple, safe, effective and reliable method to record key physical requirements of tasks and safely match these with the functional abilities of workers with minimal duplication of information and services.

Accidents in the workplace are not always isolated and impact the person at the heart of the problem, but can cause harm to those in the vicinity at the time. As such, this is a key preventative measure you can take before you ever extend your hand to welcome a new hire, and gives you a complete picture of what they are capable of.

Functional Capacity Assessments

Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) Services are carried out at all major cities around Australia. The process of recruitment, the impact of work related injuries and the resulting labour replacement efforts can be a costly exercise for any business. The cost of loss time and related medical expenses associated with injuries to Australian employers is significant.

Corporate Work Health Australia’s pre-employment functional capacity assessment is a series of tests that provide objective information about an applicant’s physical and functional capacity in relation to the job for which they are applying. The PEFA is designed to help identify workers with and without medical conditions, impairments or disabilities in order to determine if they will be placed at imminent risk of injury or pose risk to co-workers when required to perform the essential functions of a job.

This process is important when considering the potential costs associated with work injury that may have resulted from a mismatch between a worker and the demands of the job, a step that is often overlooked in the standard pre-employment medical. This service is becoming increasingly recognised as an important part of injury prevention and ultimately assists in reducing employer’s premiums associated with workplace injuries and lost time.

Invest in Your Business for Long-Term Gain

With 10% of employees not being fit enough to perform the duties that are associated with their role, a pre-employment functional assessment * can save you money by only hiring those candidates that are.

You will receive a full report from Corporate Work Health Australia detailing whether candidates have passed or failed the checks. By having the full picture, you can then make a fully-informed decision.

Do not rely on interviews alone but contact us today for a free quote or to find out more information about how out pre-employment assessments work. We look forward to working with you and creating a workforce who can deliver.

In 2012-13, work-related injury and disease cost the Australian economy

61.8 Billion

Injury and musculoskletal disorders led to

90%

of serious claims in 2014-15

1 in 10

Employees are unfit to perform required duties safely in their current job.

Benefits Of Using The Job Fit System For Pre-Employment Checks

Each JobFit System Pre-Employment Functional Assessment was designed by health professionals and takes about an hour. It includes a musculoskeletal screen, aerobic fitness test, job-specific static and dynamic postural tolerances (eg reaching, squatting, climbing) and job-specific lifting and carrying tasks.

A JobFit System answers three questions:

  • Does the worker have a current injury?
  • Has the worker demonstrated the physical capacity to perform the inherent requirements of the job?
  • Does the worker have an increased future risk of injury and what can be done about it?

Functional Capacity Assessments Benefits For Companies

A functional capacity assessment does not only protect your new hire or limit the chances of injury befalling them, but it also is a smart move in terms of safeguarding the wellbeing of those that you already employ.

  • Improved health and reduced injury risk of workers employed, and total workforce
  • Reduced mismatch between worker and critical job tasks leading to injury or illness
  • Record of pre-employment capacity affording some protection against false claims of injury
  • Record of pre-employment capacity helps to identify when a subsequent injury has recovered (returned to pre-injury state)
  • Functional Job Analysis allows unsafe work practices to be identified and reduced
  • Reduction in Workcover claims and Workcover premiums through reduced injury rates

    Reviews

    I regularly engage CWH for ergonomic consultations in for our team in Sydney. We’ve been very happy with the quality of service and the detailed reports and recommendations.

    Tiffany Bromwich

    Infigen

    This is the 2nd time we have used CWHA for an ergonomic assessment. Fleur from CWHA has been pleasant and responsive making her really good to deal with, and the consultant who came on site in Canberra (Adnan) was great. Recommended by me.

    Colin Imms

    Indesco

    Awesome Manual Handling Training session conducted at our workshop!  The training was customised to suit our business and contained a good mix of theory/practical elements.  Highly recommended.  Thanks again.

    Justine Knight

    Emery Engineering

    Reps of Corporate Work Health are great at customer service and their responses are prompt and quick. Very accommodating to clients needs and always going above and beyond to find a solution for me and to find a date and time of consultation. Highly recommend them to use for your Ergonomic work health assessments including work from home assessments.

    Komal Upadhyaya

    MND Australia

    Process

    1. Enquiry

    Call, email or complete a form. Let us know what you want to achieve or the problems you are having.

    2. Consultation

    Phone, video call or face to face. We will discuss your needs, make some suggestions and provide a quote.

    3. Assessment

    Your assessment and/or training package is 100% tailor made to suit your needs, budget and service requirements.

    4. Training

    Onsite, online or both. Your personalised package is delivered by health professionals with extensive clinical and teaching experience.

    5. Results

    We have helped thousands of people at some of Australia’s top companies. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure you achieve the right results for your company and for your workers.

    Our Pre-employment Check and Functional Capacity Assessment

    Pre-Employment Functional Assessment 

    Face to Face 60-90minutes

    Key areas reviewed:

    • Medical history
    • Past injury history 
    • Range of motion
    • Strength 
    • Aerobic fitness
    • Core & shoulder stability
    • Job-specific static and dynamic postural tolerances (eg reaching, squatting, climbing)
    • Job-specific lifting and carrying tasks

    What’s involved:

    1. Discuss your company needs related to what information they are seeking about employees and what they wish to do with this information (this ensures the correct type of assessment)
    2. Design your pre-employment testing process including which tests are included for which job role
    3. Book workers in for testing 

    Investment:  

    Call or email us to get a quote today!

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    How Do Our Functional Capacity Assessments Determine Suitability?

    A pre-employment functional capacity assessment is a safeguard that protects you against the possibility of hiring an employee that is carrying an old or previous injury, or who does not meet the required physical capacity to carry out the job they have applied for.

    At Corporate Work Health Australia, we ask three key questions using the JobFit System PEFA, which are:

    • Does the candidate have an existing injury?
    • Have they demonstrated the physical ability required to carry out the inherent requirements of the job?
    • Are they at an increased level of risk with regards to sustaining further injury, and if so, what can be done about it?

    The importance of carrying out this functional capacity evaluation cannot be understated because it essentially is a means to ensuring that your new hire is suitable for the work and is less likely to increase the risk of being injured or causing injury to the rest of your workforce.

    New entrants into any company are the most likely to sustain a workplace injury within their first months on your premises. This stems from a lack of knowledge of the site, getting to grips with the processes and procedures but also as a result of not having the capacity to comfortably and confidently complete their work.

    Any employer that hires a person, fully aware that they have an existing issue fails in their duty of care to both that person and their own staff, particularly where the job they will fulfil involves work that may prove taxing and stressful, and might cause that injury to recur. We also carry our pre-employment medical assessments to ensure the candidate is physically and mentally in the right state for the role.

    What are the employer's Benefits When Carrying Out Functional Capacity Assessments?
    • Improved health and reduced injury risk of workers employed, and total workforce
    • Reduced mismatch between worker and critical job tasks leading to injury or illness
    • Record of pre-employment capacity affording some protection against false claims of injury
    • Record of pre-employment capacity helps to identify when a subsequent injury has recovered (returned to pre-injury state)
    • Functional Job Analysis allows unsafe work practices to be identified and reduced
    • Reduction in Workcover claims and Workcover premiums through reduced injury rates

    A functional capacity assessment does not only protect your new hire or limit the chances of injury befalling them, but it also is a smart move in terms of safeguarding the wellbeing of those that you already employ. Accidents in the workplace are not always isolated and impact the person at the heart of the problem, but can cause harm to those in the vicinity at the time. As such, this is a key preventative measure you can take before you ever extend your hand to welcome a new hire, and gives you a complete picture of what they are capable of.

    What Kind Of Reporting Will I Get When Engaging In Functional Capacity Assessments?

    All Corporate Work Health Australia’s functional capacity evaluations are completed with a report to the employer outlining if the worker met (passed) or did not meet (failed) the critical demand criteria for the job in which they have been offered employment.

    All assessments will be designed for your company and job roles, however, as a general guide most assessments address the following:

    • Pre-Assessment Information
    • Medical History
    • Aerobic Fitness
    • Musculoskeletal Assessment
    • Manual Material Handling Assessment
    • Pre-Qualifiers (Is worker safe to complete critical job demands assessment)
    • Critical Demands Assessment

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