The health and safety of your staff is essential. You can manage your workforce risk with a pre-employment medical assessment to screen candidates for risk factors that may limit their ability to perform a job safely and effectively. Reduce workplace injuries, minimise downtime and create a safer working environment. Medical assessments are conducted to meet all Australian state and territory WorkSafe requirements.
What are the benefits of conducting medical assessments?
The benefits of conducting medical assessments on your employees can include:
- A safer working environment
- Reduction in workplace injuries
- Minimised downtime
- Reduction in WorkCover claims and insurance costs
- Matching the capacity of the employee with the role
- Overall recruitment cost and risk reduction
What kind of medical assessments can I order?
Medical Assessments may include, but are not limited, to:
- Medical Examination
- Audiogram (hearing test)
- Spirometry Test (lung function test)
- Musculoskeletal Assessment
- Work Fitness Assessment
- Drug and Alcohol Test
Why should I conduct a Medical Examination?
A Medical Examination provides comprehensive assessments to determine a candidate or worker’s suitability to perform the inherent requirements of a role and identify any current or future risk factors. Administration of a comprehensive full medical history questionnaire, detailed review of work and non-work injuries and medical history is seen as one of the most critical components of the assessment.
The Medical Examination includes:
- Comprehensive review of medical history
- Height, weight, body mass index (BMI)
- Cardiovascular examination (heart check, blood pressure, pulse)
- Full musculoskeletal examination including comprehensive range of movement
- Central nervous system examination including Romberg’s balance test
- Epworth Sleepiness Questionnaire to assess the ‘daytime sleepiness’ of candidates
- K10 questionnaire to measure and assesses psychological capacity
- Examination for hernias and other abdominal abnormalities
- Urinalysis for diabetes or kidney/bladder disorders
- Respiratory examination
- Vision assessment including colour blindness, near, distance and peripheral vision
Why should I conduct a Work Fitness Assessment?
The test is a comprehensive ‘task matching’ assessment, and involves evaluation of:
- Posture (presence of scoliosis, lordosis, kyphosis)
- Range of movement (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle)
- Strength (grip, pinch)
- Back fitness including, lumbar, thoracic and abdominal strength
- Bending / stooping (suitability to bend/stoop on occasional, frequent or constant basis)
- Reaching (suitability to reach forward and above shoulder on an occasional, frequent or constant basis)
- Squatting (suitability to squat on an occasional, frequent or sustained basis)
- Manual handling (lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling to the candidates maximum capacity or to job requirements)
- Stability of joints and general flexibility
- Cardiovascular fitness test – step test to assess VO2 Max
Why should I conduct Drug and Alcohol Test?
The use of alcohol and recreational drugs can present a hazard in the workplace. In addition, drug and alcohol screening is a statutory requirement in some industries.
The Drug test screens for a range of illicit drugs such as cannabis, opiates, methamphetamines, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cocaine, PCP, barbiturates, methadone, propoxyphene, and methaqualone (quaaludes).
Where do the medical assessments take place?
Medical Assessments are performed onsite at one of 38 accredited clinics located across Australia. If the candidate is unable to attend an accredited clinic, in most cases, an arrangement can be made for them to attend one of 400 associate medical clinics, which will incur an additional fee. We will reach out to the candidate to make arrangements once the order has been processed and advise of any additional costs incurred to attend an associate medical clinic should it be necessary.
How long does a medical assessment take?
Results are usually returned within 48 hours for most assessments.
Instant Urine Drug Screen and Lab Urine Drug Screen results may take longer if a non-negative drug test is returned. As is required by Australian Law, a non-negative drug test must be sent for confirmation testing by a NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accredited laboratory to confirm the presence of drugs within the specimen.
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