Pre employment Physical fitness testing
Prior to employing new staff most companies do a basic medical screening and drug testing procedure.
They would also check that you were competent at doing the job by checking references or setting you tasks to do as a ‘test’ of your competence.
Very few bother to test the physical fitness or functional capacity of the staff they employ. If the work the new employee is expected to do is physical then it is essential under the new Health and Safety legislation that the person you employ is physically fit enough to carry out that work. If not you are putting them at risk as an employee and your business at risk for making them try and perform a role they weren’t capable of doing in the first place.
Getting a Functional Capacity Evaluation done involves analysing the task the employee will do and then getting them to perform a group of tasks or fitness testing that best replicates what they will be doing. It is an insurance policy worth investing in to prevent the issues associated with preventable work place injuries due to someone not being physically fit enough to do the job in the first place. It is a simple and effective way to screen prospective employees. “Would you want employ someone to do something they were not physically capable of and then they get injured?”.
Work place talks
Fox Physio can present informative and practical talks to work place employees on Injury Prevention and general fitness and well-being. As we know prevention is better than cure and a fit workplace generally has less work place injuries, time off work and a more productive work force. Depending on what you want to reinforce talks can be adapted to cover specific topics according to the workplace. Contact us to arrange something to suit.