Pre-Employment Assessment Parramatta
Pre-Employment Assessment Parramatta
What does a pre-employment assessment include?
The main components include the potential employee’s medical history, customised physical examination, job-specific functional capacity assessments and other tests based on the job applied for.
Medical Questionnaire Review
Medical questionnaires help determine whether a candidate is healthy enough to perform the inherent requirements of a given job. This questionnaire is filled out by the potential employee and reviewed by the assessor. The questionnaire is tailored to enquire only about physical and medical information that is specifically and directly related to the job applied for.
Potential employees are asked questions relating to their work history, previous injuries, medical history, including exposure to chemicals, hazardous substances and work-related injuries. The questionnaires may vary depending on the job.
General Physiological Tests
General medical examinations involve a range of checks and tests that help give employers a general overview of a candidate’s health status and help detect disease or risk factors early. Tests include blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, height and BMI.
Functional assessments are designed to assess the potential employee’s ability to carry out the physical requirements of a job role. Assessors will test the following:
1. Musculoskeletal Joint Range of Motion
The range of motion is a measurement of how far an individual can move and bend their joints. During a pre-employment, candidates are asked to perform a series of movements, including bending and straightening the knee, shoulder and hip joints, with the assessor monitoring the range of motion and any associated symptoms.
2. Anatomical Joint Integrity
The condition of our body joints affects our ability to perform physical activities. Many different issues can diminish joint integrity. Increased stiffness or muscle tightness can also have an affect on the individual’s joints which can cause restricted mobility and reduced functional capacity.
3. Strength and Balance
Strength and balance are an important part of a pre-employment assessment. During a typical strength test, candidates may be asked to push against resistance or lift/push their arms against downward pressure.
4. Back flexibility and abdominal endurance
Back flexibility and abdominal endurance contribute greatly to the stability of the spinal column and, as a result – injury prevention. Examiners assess the ability of potential employees to assume the correct position when performing tasks.
5. Postural Tolerances
Postural tolerance assessments determine the ability to maintain certain postures intrinsic to a task. These can include standing, sitting and neck postures. If a potential employee cannot hold all or some of the postures, they may be unable to perform the job safely.
Depending on the job description, part of the pre employment test will focus on lifting different weights in different positions. This can include lifting 5 – 20 Kg from floor to waist level, waist to shoulder height and above shoulder height. This can be varied and entirely depends on the job at hand.
7. Grip Strength
Hand-grip strength is a limiting factor when manually lifting and carrying loads. Lifting assessments consider the grip strength of potential employees and involves the measurement of how much weight one can safely lift and carry at varying heights (floor, waist, and shoulder).
7. Push/Pull tolerances
The assessment considers the load weight, the distance and frequency of the pull/push tasks. Employees should be able to initiate and keep the load in motion without exposing themselves to the risk of injury.
A pre-employment assessment can help you reduce your organisation’s onboarding time and expenses. Most importantly, it ensures employee safety by helping you select individuals able to perform their tasks without undue risk of injury to themselves or others.
At Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta, our team is dedicated to providing accurate pre-employment assessments for a range of industries. Our assessors are suitably qualified and can administer all components of pre-employment assessments. Our services are available in Parramatta and we can also do site visits. For more information about our services contact us.