Fitness for Task medicals
A complete assessment
“Fit to work” or “fitness to work” is a medical assessment performed to assess whether an employee can safely carry out a specific job or task.
The medical assessment determines if an employee is medically fit to perform the job or task that they are employed to do. It may be needed for individuals being recruited for the first time; for those being transferred to another role within the company; for employees returning to work after a period of ill health; for ongoing health surveillance; and for individuals who may need to retire on the grounds of ill health.
The occupational health advisor assesses factors such as physical and mental capacities, sensory acuity and level of skill, in relation to the job in question.
Why an assessment may be needed:
- The employee has a health condition that may limit or prevent them from performing the job effectively.
- The job may make this health condition worse.
- The employee’s condition may make certain work environments hazardous to them.
- The employee’s condition may make the work environment unsafe for others.
- The employee has a condition that could pose a risk to others outside the work environment (for example, contamination of food).
There is a legal requirement to consider “reasonable adjustment” to enable disabled employees to do the job.