Pre-Employment Functional Assessment

Pre-Employment Functional Assessment

John Miller Physiotherapist

Article by John Miller

Pre-Employment Functional Assessment

Ensuring Workplace Fitness and Safety


Pre-Employment Assessments

In today’s workforce, pre-employment assessments have become essential. They protect not only your future employees from injury but also those returning from injury. A pre-employment functional assessment, or Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), offers an in-depth insight into a potential employee’s physical abilities. This includes assessing their strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.

Why Pre-Employment Assessments Matter

These assessments help determine whether an individual is at a high or low risk of work-related injury. They also aid employees in understanding whether they can meet the physical demands of a specific job role. This process can assist employers in aligning workers with suitable tasks or roles within their company.

Pre-Employment Functional Assessment
Pre-Employment Functional Assessment

The Role of Physiotherapy in Functional Assessments

PhysioWorks provides tailored pre-employment assessments to meet your organisation’s specific needs. Our assessments include:

  • Evaluating overall posture and postural fatigue
  • Assessing joint movement range and muscle flexibility
  • Measuring strength and endurance
  • Analysing movement technique and quality, including bending, lifting, reaching, squatting, and navigating stairs and ladders
  • Conducting cardiovascular fitness tests

The Comprehensive Approach

Alongside these assessments, we often recommend integrating a pre-employment medical assessment conducted by an occupational medical practitioner. This holistic approach ensures a thorough evaluation of an individual’s work fitness.

Seeking Professional Advice

If you have any questions about pre-employment assessments, including drug and alcohol testing, our team at PhysioWorks is ready to assist. We pride ourselves on offering professional advice and assessments to ensure workplace safety and employee well-being.


Pre-employment functional assessments play a crucial role in the modern workplace. They help in identifying the best-fit candidates for physically demanding roles and contribute to a safer and more productive work environment.

What to Do?

For guidance and professional assessment services, contact PhysioWorks. We provide comprehensive evaluations to ensure that your workforce is physically capable and safe.

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