New Hire Physical Ability Test for Employment
Despite heightened awareness by employers, overexertion injuries to the knees, shoulders, and back continue to be a problem in industries with physically demanding jobs. The costs for these injuries are high. By matching the physical capability of the worker to the physical demands of the job, these injuries and associated costs can be substantially reduced.
The IPCS PCE™ program for new hires has a proven success record:
- IPCS has presented four of its case studies at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meetings in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2004. Each study has been published in abstract form in the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise scientific journal. The studies compared injury data collected prior to the implementation of the IPCS PCE™ program to injury data following the implementation of the IPCS program. In all cases, significant improvements in the client’s frequency and severity of injuries occurred.
- Many of the IPCS case studies involve analyses that covers up to four years of intervention. These studies demonstrate that the effectiveness of the IPCS PCE™ program is long term and not just a one time occurrence.
- Data has been analyzed for clients in the retail distribution, railroad, airline, trucking (LTL and logistics), construction, manufacturing, food service distribution industries. As long as the job crafts are physically demanding, the IPCS knee-shoulder protocol has proven effective.
- Further analysis of the IPCS data shows the impact the IPCS PCE™ program is having on recommending a more fit person for physically demanding jobs. Since obesity is playing such a critical role in rising healthcare cost in industry today, this finding is significant.
The IPCS PCE™ pre-or post-job offer evaluations have proven to be effective, reducing the incidence and severity of injuries to the shoulders, low back and knees and in many cases all types of injuries. Matching the worker to the job through individualized screening significantly reduces workplace injuries and associated costs. And the IPCS PCE™ program is both EEOC and ADA compliant.