It is increasingly common in the Australian workplace to ask for a pre-employment medical assessment from a qualified physiotherapist. When a job has physical demands, a pre-employment assessment can demonstrate whether or not a potential employee is well suited to the task.
It is important that the pre-work assessment is tailored specifically to the job requirements. By customising the test to the specific needs of the job, employers can rest easy in the knowledge that relevant injury risks have been identified. It’s a great way of ensuring employer safety, increasing productivity, and avoiding the nightmare scenarios of workplace accidents and compensation costs.
During a pre-employment medical assessment, the prospective employee undergoes a physical examination, including tests that are related to functioning in the required job. A detailed medical history is also compiled, with an in-depth medical questionnaire to establish fitness for the job.
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As well as the other physical data points, there may be job-specific functions that a qualified physiotherapist can test for. These include things like:
How much a person can move their joints
Ascertaining the health of the joints
Important for jobs that involve lifting.
A necessary test for jobs that involve pushing and/or pulling
Testing relevant parts of the body for stability and power
Whether or not an individual will be able to hold the correct position for their job
If the wrong person is hired for a physical job, the outcome can be disastrous: injury, death, lawsuits, and complicated workcover claims. A pre-employment can keep employees, candidates, businesses, and budgets safe, by stopping accidents before they even have a chance to happen.
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