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.