Firefighters need regular post-employment physical agility testing

Firefighters have a noble but demanding mandate of protecting the community from disaster situations, including fires. As such, workers in this field are required to be physically and mentally fit to deal with the everyday hazards associated with their work. The demanding nature of firefighting also requires them to be assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are meeting the physical criteria necessary to perform their tasks safely.

Post-employment physical agility tests monitor firefighters’ capability to meet the demands of their duty through scientific and quantifiable screening. Tests of this type should also be highly job-related, and should in no way discriminate against workers on the basis of race, age, or sex.

WorkSTEPS offers post-employment physical agility tests designed to accurately measure a firefighter’s capabilities, which he or she needs during the most critical phases of firefighting and other emergency situations. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our services today.

What employers should know about upper limb disorders

Upper limb disorders (ULD) refer to any problem involving the neck or any portion of the upper extremities. ULDs are oftentimes accompanied by pain, cramps, numbness, stiffness, swelling, or a tingling sensation in the affected area. Causes of ULD vary, from compromised tendons and muscles, poor blood circulation, to abnormal delivery of nerve signals to the upper limb.

ULD is among the most common illnesses affecting workers in certain industries. Workers exposed to the following factors are considered at highest risk:

  • Repetitive motion
  • Forceful and sustained effort
  • Ergonomically uncomfortable workspaces
  • Stressful work environment

To maintain a safe and productive workplace, employers may choose to establish a Fit-for-Duty evaluation to assess the capacity of the workers returning from ULD in performing job-specific tasks. This way, the employer can gauge if the returning employee is fit to perform the tasks delegated to him, or if he needs to be reassigned to other duties.

At WorkSTEPS, we can help your business set up a Fit-for-Duty test. Call us now at (512) 617-4100 to learn more about our services.

Are pre-offer agility tests discriminatory?

Many employers in the country are reluctant to set up pre-offer agility tests to see if a candidate is able to meet the physical demands of the job before an official offer of employment due to fears that they might be violating any of the country’s anti-discrimination guidelines.

However, it is important to note that a new hire agility test is not a medical exam, nor is it intended to collect medical history. As such, it is not in any way intended to exclude applicants with physical and/or mental conditions. Pre-offer agility tests are aimed to assess if the candidate can meet the necessary demands of the duty by evaluating his or her capacity to perform certain work-related tasks, such as lifting a specified amount of weight or climbing ladders.  This way, employers can guarantee the safety of their would-be workers while ensuring workplace efficiency.

At WorkSTEPS, we offer accurate pre-offer agility testing in accordance with the existing anti-discriminatory provisions and guidelines. Call us at (512) 617-4100 if you want to learn more about pre-offer agility testing today.