Test results enable employers to select suitable workers and minimise the risk of health related injuries during employment. Studies show dramatically reduced incidence of injuries in workers who demonstrate the physical capabilities to perform required job functions compared to those who do not.
Functional assessments are useful beyond pre-employment screening and play an important role throughout an employee’s life-cycle.
Some companies use the assessments in their injury management program to determine when injured employees are fit enough to come back into a role.
Repeating assessments at regular intervals is also important. While a job may stay constant, employee abilities and health, such as aerobic capacity and physical capabilities, change with age. If a person’s abilities change, or they have a prior injury, a role can be modified or they can be employed in another role.
For employers, functional assessment programs will result in reduced insurance premiums.