Functional Capacity Assessments

occupation health solutions functional capacity assessmentsIn working environments today, it is an employer’s duty to make sure his or her employees are physically healthy and able to complete work related tasks with no health related risk. This is where a functional capacity evaluation comes in to play. This exam reliably measures the functional and physical ability of a person to perform work related tasks. There are a number of different functional capacity tests out there right now; all providing a sequence of assessments that accurately show the working capability of an employee.

What are FCE’s Used For?

Functional Capacity Evaluations are used for many different reasons. They can be use as pre-employment or pre-placement tools to determine whether an employee may be able to function in a particular job based on the demands of the task.

They can also be used by physicians, therapists, and employers to transition injured workers from disability to full function and employment.

FCEs are used to aid physicians in developing a treatment program, to measure physical abilities before and after rehabilitation, to evaluate whether or not a worker is able to fulfil his or her duties on the job, or to determine if an employee can go back to work.

When FCEs are administered they are conducted through a series of tests that measure physical strength, range of motion, stamina, tolerance to functionally activity, and lifting & carrying.

What Does an Evaluation Include?

When an employee is asked to take part in an evaluation, it is usually a very detailed assessment. Some of the tasks you will be asked to perform when you are completing the evaluation.

  • Repetitive lifting at various levels.
  • Repetitive push, pull, and carrying capacity.
  • Hand grip strength.
  • Tolerance for elevated work.
  • Trunk bending in sitting and standing.
  • Trunk rotation in sitting and standing.
  • Prolonged crawl, kneel, and sustained crouch positions.
  • Repetition squats.
  • Prolonged sitting and standing.
  • Maximum walking, stairs, and stepladder capacity.
  • Balance
  • Hand coordination.

Why Are Functional Capacity Evaluations Important for Employers?

Employers value Functional Capacity Evaluations because it insures that their employees are being properly assessed in a practical way to carry out the tasks. Whilst an employee’s blood pressure levels might be normal he/she may however not be able to crouch or bend as required by the job. This assessment engages the individual in a series of very practical tests which can be scientifically quantified.