Pre-Employment Health Assessments
At Hayden Health & Safety, we understand our clients’ greatest asset is their staff. Healthy, happy employees have a positive impact on business, creating a strong workforce culture, which leads to productive outcomes. Reduced productivity has significant impacts on business, both financially and operationally.
Pre-employment physical assessments ensure you are hiring healthy staff who are physically capable of carrying out their roles without risk to themselves, their colleagues, or your business. When included as part of your recruitment strategy, pre-employment physical assessments can improve the safety performance of your business. Screening prospective candidates prior to finalising an offer of employment is the best way to determine an individual’s physical suitability for the role you are offering.
Pre-employment physical assessments are a common requirement for high risk, physically demanding industries such as:
- building & construction
- professional driving
- civil works
- machine operation
How can Hayden Health & Safety help your business with pre-employment physical assessments?
The pre-employment physical assessments offered by Hayden Health & Safety provide you with a “baseline” measure of an individual’s physical health and fitness for duty. Our assessments are conducted in conjunction with our business associate, Sharpe’s Physio, and will include:
- medical history questionnaire
- physical fitness/functional capacity
- musculoskeletal/spinal health
- hearing (audiometry)
- lung function (spirometry)
- body composition (weight/height = BMI)
- instant drug and alcohol testing
- blood pressure/pulse
- vision testing, including colour blindness
- respirator fit testing (if required)
A musculoskeletal assessment provides an evaluation of the condition and function of an individual’s musculoskeletal health, including their lifting capabilities and any injuries that may impact on their ability to safely perform the inherent requirements of their job.
All musculoskeletal assessments performed by Hayden Health & Safety as part of a pre-employment physical assessment process are conducted by a qualified and experienced physiotherapist. These assessments provide employers with a baseline level of musculoskeletal fitness, enabling you to establish an individual’s physical fitness for duty prior to finalising an offer of employment, and to identify any potential problems and monitor the employee’s physical fitness over time.
It is a statutory requirement under AS/NZS 1269.4:2005 for workers who use personal hearing protectors to undergo an audiometric assessment before they commence employment or within 3 months of commencement, then undergo repeat assessments every two years.
Audiometric assessments conducted by Hayden Health & Safety as part of a pre-employment physical assessment process provide employers with a baseline hearing test result to limit your business’s liability for future hearing loss claims. When future audiometric assessments are conducted, in fulfilment of statutory obligations, having this baseline report for comparison enables quick identification of any damage being caused through repeated exposure.
Where can you locate more information on pre-employment physical assessments?
For more information on the pre-employment physical assessment process, or to arrange a pre-employment physical assessment with Hayden Health & Safety, contact us today.
If you’re unsure of your responsibilities around assessing workplace noise levels, providing your workforce with hearing protection, monitoring your employees’ hearing and/or lung function or ensuring proper respirator fit, or monitoring drug and alcohol use in your workplace, Hayden Health & Safety can also assist you with the following services:
- noise assessments
- spirometry assessment
- audiometric assessment
- respirator fit testing
- drug and alcohol testing
Contact Hayden Health & Safety today for more information.