What is it?
The Post Offer/Pre-Employment Screen (POPES) provides the employer with information that ensures all new employees have the physical capacity to meet the critical job demands. In doing so, the risk of potential injury due to a work/worker mismatch is minimized. In order for this type of testing to meet ADA requirements, the steps below must be undertaken and updated on a yearly basis.
Steps to an ADA compliant Post Offer/Pre-Employment Screen:
A thorough job analysis that outlines both the essential job functions and the critical job demands must be completed for each job category tested. The employer must sign off on the accuracy of the analysis.
A pre-employment test must be designed. A protocol as to the test procedure and its compliance with ADA must be outlined. The protocol must be signed by the employer and the IHMS representative providing the testing.
The test procedure must be validated. This is done by testing current employees working in the specific job to be tested. Worker input on the accuracy of the testing of the essential job functions must be documented. If necessary, the procedure should be revised. This documents the reliability and content validity of the test procedure to ensure it is "job related".
A policy should be put in place outlining the use of the test procedure as a "Fit for Duty" test, as well and what occurs if a returning employee does not meet the essential job functions.
The test procedure is then used on all incoming employees of a particular job classification who have been given a "conditional" job offer.
Yearly, there should be a review of the job description to ensure no changes have been made to the work requirements. Adverse impact should also be measured on a yearly basis to ensure that the test does not discriminate against a protected class.
IHMS will use research and tools to analyze the job's physical demand and determine if there is causality with the symptoms of the injured area.
Who Provides the Service?
“The Body Mechanics” are physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers registered in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York who have strong manual therapy expertise and ergonomic certification. We are experienced industrial clinicians, which means we understand workers and can provide services with minimal disruption to the work cycle. We bring our expertise to you.