WorkCare has published Assessing Physical and Mental Fitness for Work, a white paper by Peter P. Greaney, M.D., president, CEO and medical director.
With guidance, environment, health and safety (EH&S) professionals who lack medical training can confidently engage the fitness-for-work assessment process. The paper features best practices for determining whether a job applicant or employee is physically and mentally capable of safely performing essential functions.
The paper has four sections:
- Quantifying the value of fitness-for-work assessments
- Implementing the assessment process
- Complying with applicable rules and regulations
- Adopting a comprehensive policy
A growing number of employers consider fitness-for-work assessments an essential contributor to their organization’s comprehensive EH&S, sustainability and risk management efforts. The inherent value of an objective assessment becomes even more apparent when workforce characteristics that increase injury risk are taken into consideration. Such factors include aging, comorbid conditions, poor sleep habits and fatigue, smoking, depression and substance abuse.