Reason for Physical Abilities Test
If you are in the medical, manufacturing, transportation, or retail industries, your organization probably understands the burden of worker’s compensation claims. These industries often require that workers perform a variety of physical tasks on a daily basis. Putting employees in physically demanding roles that they are incapable of can increase the chance of workplace injuries and accidents. This in turn, increases insurance premiums and worker’s comp claims.
While a resume and interview can provide insight on an employee’s qualifications, they do not evaluate an employee’s capacity to take on physically demanding tasks related to their job description. Physical Abilities Tests can help an employer ensure that every employee within an organization is placed in the position that fits their physical abilities, cutting down on work place incidents and possibly garnering discounts with insurers.
Understanding the Physical Abilities Test
A physical ability test (PAT) is a series of tasks done in a clinical environment that tries to replicate the physical demands of a job description as closely as possible. The purpose of this test is to evaluate the capacity of an employee to perform work related physical tasks as needed. PAT’s are most often administered to employees before they are placed in a physically demanding position, but many companies also choose to administer a PAT after an employee returns to work post-injury to determine if they are fit for duty.
The PAT was developed to include everyday physical tasks an employee might face while working, and because each industry and position is different, PAT’s at Mobile Health are customized for each client. Things like lifting weights, standing and sitting repeatedly, pushing wheelchairs, and other such work related tasks can be included in the test to evaluate an employee’s readiness to work in physically intensive environments.
For the healthcare industry, Mobile Health developed a special PAT call HPAT (Healthcare Physical Abilities Test) that is acceptable for may provider positions in healthcare organizations such as home care workers and nurses. The HPAT evaluates:
- Range of motions of upper extremities
- Aerobic capacity
- Body mechanics
- Ability to follow directions
What happens during it:
Getting your employees’ PAT’s done at Mobile Health is a simple process that begins with setting-up an account. Because Mobile Health customizes each of our client’s physical abilities tests, our account managers will reach out to you to help review your organization’s needs and customize a package built specifically for your organization.
Part of your account set-up includes access to the Mobile Health Client Portal. There you will have the ability to schedule your employees for any tests or procedures at any Mobile Health location. The results will be delivered electronically to the Client Portal in a HIPAA compliant format as soon as the exam is completed.
Scheduling appointments and reviewing results can be done 24/7 from any desktop computer. All records are archived online and easily accessed in the case of an audit or independent review.