Pre Employment Assessments
Pre Employment Physical (Functional) Assessment (PEFA)
“Between 2009 and 2010, sick leave cost Australian business $30 billion. Safe Work Australia estimate the cost of work related injuries as $57.5 billion in 2005-2006. It is estimated that 1 in 10 employees currently employed for a given job are unfit to perform those duties safely.”
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 assessments are 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.
For this type of testing to be considered valid and non-discriminatory, it must accurately represent true essential job functions. Functional capacity testing is a form of medical test, and as such, cannot be conducted on a person until a conditional offer of hire has been made to the applicant. Corporate Work Health Australia offer clients a three step process to ensure all pre-employment testing is both valid and non-discriminatory:
Complete a Functional Job Analysis (FJA) onsite, identifying critical tasks of the job in consultation with both workers and employers.
Design a pre employment functional assessment matching the job analysis and critical tasks for the job in which the worker has been offered employment.
Workers complete functional assessment prior to beginning work in the offered role.
Benefits to Employer
- 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
All Corporate Work Health Australia’s pre-employment functional assessments 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