The goals of functional pre-placement testing include:
Matching a worker’s abilities to the functional demands of a job
Helping employers understand if they can accommodate experienced workers with functional limitations, and how to safely do so
Reducing on-the-job musculoskeletal injuries
Reducing work-injury costs for both employers and workers
Functional post-injury and return-to-duty testing:
MOH offers two types of functional testing, based on a current functional job description. Screening for abnormal vital signs and other pre-existing conditions that could affect a worker during the evaluation or while on the job is typical.
CRT gives a simple, statistically valid analysis of a worker’s abilities, limitations and efforts during the test. Each body part (legs, back, shoulder) is tested five times, demonstrating to an employer the candidate’s abilities and limitations. Post-injury, the CRT can prevent decisions leading to unnecessary therapy, MRIs or surgeries. It also identifies workers who are not participating in their own recovery or who are malingering.
Human Performance Evaluations (HPEs)
HPEs are another tool to assess job fitness, particularly for jobs with special demands, such as working on ladders, crawling, pushing or pulling. Based on the principles of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, HPEs are effective in assessing pre-existing conditions involving the hands, feet, elbows, neck, ankles and other parts of the body. They also become “teachable moments” – where job candidates and workers returning to a job after an extended absence can be coached in proper body mechanics relevant to their job.