Save Time & Money By Hiring The Right Candidate The First Time Round Through Conducting A Functional Capacity Assessment
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 organization in good stead.
In 2012–13, work-related injury and disease cost the Australian economy
Injury and musculoskeletal disorders led to
of serious claims in 2014–15
1 in 10
Employees are unfit to perform required duties safely in their current job.
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.
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.
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 indentified 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 come 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 evaluation 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 Materal Handling Assessment
- Pre-Qualifiers (Is worker safe to complete critical job demands assessment)
- Critical Demands Assessment
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 matching these with the functional abilities of workers with minimal duplication of information and services.
Each JobFit System PEFA takes about an hour and 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 PEFA 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?
Pre-employment Functional Assessments
Manual Handling Risk Assessments
Onsite Physiotherapy & Osteopathy
Manual Handling Training Courses
Pre-employment Medical Assessment
Office Ergonomics Training Courses
Manual Handling Train the Trainer Courses