At U.S. HealthWorks, we want you to take care of running your business and let us take care of the health of your employees. Whether someone is just starting with your company or is hurt on the job, you should have a smart approach to physicals and testing in place that meets all regulations and keeps your team safe.
U.S. HealthWorks has a full rundown of the variety of physical and medical examinations that can apply to your workplace and employees here.
Physical Abilities Testing (PAT)
A Physical Abilities Test is focused on specific tasks that someone may be required to do. Unlike a standard physical, physical abilities tests are created by one of our highly experienced physical therapists and are designed to make sure that your employees are physically capable of the job at hand. These tests allow businesses to:
- Match workers to the physical demands and essential functions of a job
- Assess an applicant’s strength, range of motion, and functional ability to perform essential job functions required by the employer
In these exams, you’ll get fast and confidential results. While we will make recommendations about the employee’s fitness for a role, you’ll have the final say in hiring and staffing decisions.
As an employer, you also have the right to require drug testing as part of the job requirements.
What to expect in a Post-Offer PAT at U.S. HealthWorks
Our Post-Offer exam helps assure safety in the workplace by matching physical abilities with specific job demands. These exams are performed by a U.S. HealthWorks licensed practitioner (Physician, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner) to determine any medical or physical limitations your prospective employee may have. The goal of this exam is to ensure your employee can manage the rigors of the workplace, help limit exposure in a workplace injury claim (by creating a comparison of pre and post injury impairments), and establish reasonable accommodations for access to employment.
While many companies are taking great strides to reduce the frequency of workplace injuries, accidents are unfortunately inevitable. In some cases, accidents are severe enough that people cannot return to work right away. In those cases, we recommend a combination of medication and physical therapy to safely and quickly recover so that your employees can get back to work as soon as possible.
Getting an Employee Back to Work
Just because an employee has suffered an injury doesn’t necessarily mean that they are incapable of working. Many companies will look to have them temporarily fill another role so that the employer and employee can remain productive during a recovery period. This is usually done at a doctor’s recommendation and is beneficial to both the worker and employer. If an employee is deemed fit enough for light duty work, they may save on insurance money and won’t have to file for disability. On top of that, employers may pay less for the injury overall.
Filing for Disability
Sometimes injuries are severe enough that light duty work isn’t an option. In those cases, employees may file for disability and see a doctor and/or physical therapist to evaluate when they’ll be able to return to work. Some employees will try to avoid disability since it can take six weeks or longer to become active for payments, and the total is often less than their regular pay.
It is important to remember that Physical Abilities Tests are not screening tools. All employment testing should be conducted in coordination and compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, as well as with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Each state handles injuries differently. As a nationwide provider of occupational medicine and urgent care, we have the experience to work within the parameters of each state’s laws (including for companies with locations and employees in multiple areas) to make sure your workforce is healthy and up to the job. It is also important to administer any testing uniformly across all employees applying for a position.
Why Testing Matters – The Confidence to Return to Work
After an injury, it is common for people to be nervous about their ability to go back to work and do their job. We know that psychological stress affects the body’s ability to heal so we strive to help make that transition as easy as possible, and in many cases that means proving to them through a Physical Abilities Test that they can return to work. In addition to restoring confidence for physical injuries, we work with people to make sure they are physically and mentally capable of doing their job.
Employers have an important task in keeping their workers healthy and active. Our mission is to empower our business partners to create a safe and compliant workplace to keep our patients (your employees) healthy and fit on the job.