Pre-Placement Screening

Attracting and recruiting the right staff can be costly. Pre-placement health screening is an important tool for all companies. It evaluates the wellness or fitness of an applicant's declared health in relation to the hazards and risks of the job, environment or activities.

Pre-placement screening can result in reduced absence, increased commitment and increased performance during employment.

It is very important for employers to ensure that a potential new employee is fit for the role and that working in the role will not be detrimental to their health. 

Benefits of Pre-Placement Screening

  • Identify the work related health risks of the proposed employment
  • Advise managers on the prospective employees’ fitness for the job requirements
  • Provide a baseline for future targeted health screening i.e. lung function test, hearing test etc.
  • Advise on the requirement for health surveillance or screening in relation to a particular job role
  • Offer advice to Management, where necessary, on any reasonable adjustments to the work content or environment that may be required on the declaration of a medical condition or a disability, as defined under the Equality Act.

Following paper-based or Nurse/Doctor assessment, the employer will receive a “Fitness Statement” indicating the applicant’s suitability for employment. The form will usually indicate one of three possible outcomes:

  • Fit for employment
  • Fit for employment with restrictions (restrictions advised)
  • Unfit for the proposed employment: consider alternative duties in line with the Equality Act if applicable.

For most work roles, a basic health screening questionnaire is adequate to help determine whether:

  • The job is likely to adversely affect the individual’s health.
  • The job is within the individual’s physical and mental capabilities.
  • If the individual is fit for the job and the demands it may put upon the individual.
  • By doing the job the individual would be a risk to themselves and/or others.

The prospective employer needs to be aware of any reasonable adjustments necessary to avoid the individual being placed at a disadvantage.

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