Fit For Duty Program
What is Fit for Duty (FFD)?
FFD/physical abilities test is developed based on the physical demands of a particular job. Post-offer/ Pre-placement functional employment testing and physical exam ensures companies that prospective employees are physically and cognitively capable of carrying out the essential job functions. Test results deliver a solid impartial report for consistently making informed and legally compliant decisions on hiring new employees OR for an employee transferring to a new position.
Fit for Duty Benefits
- Ensure prospective employees are capable of performing the essential functions of a job
- Ensure employees returning to work post-injury are capable of performing the essential functions of a job
- Decrease work-related injuries
- Lower workers’ compensation costs and lost time
- Aid with post-injury rehabilitation comparatives
FFD Testing Criteria
During a fit for duty test, prospective or current employees may be tested on the following criteria:
- Vital signs (heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, temperature)
- Joint range of motion/agility
- Injury susceptibility
- Job-specific task performance and safety
- It may also include specific tests for joints that are susceptible to injury based on the profession such as carpal tunnel/ upper quadrant, hearing, vision, drug and alcohol testing (depending on CSU’s job description requirements).
- Reasonable Accommodation
Like CSU, the FFD testing vendors utilized are required to make “reasonable accommodation” for candidates with disabilities to enable them to be considered for a job opening in adherence with ADA guidelines. CSU cannot refuse to consider candidates with disabilities who require accommodation. (See Office of Equal Opportunity, OEO, for assistance).
How to Setup a Fit for Duty test/program
Setting up a Fit for Duty test for prospective employees consists of all or part of the following steps:
- Review the position description within the Talent Management System (TMS).
- Request a physical demands analysis (PDA) or job demands analysis (JDA) of job tasks to compile precise and accurate measurements of actual job requirements (i.e., weight lifted, forces pushed/pulled, etc.)
- To request a physical demands analysis, contact the Department of Risk Management and Insurance’s Ergonomics Manager: Frank Gonzales, 970.491.2724 Frank.Gonzales@colostate.edu
- Learn more about a physical demands analysis and ergonomic evaluation
- Coordinate, collect, and verify the PDA of essential functions compiled with the ergonomics team utilized by the testing center to put together or update the proposed test criteria.
- When appropriate and necessary, meet and interview vendors for compatibility with department goals.
- Contact the Department of Risk Management and Insurance’s Fit for Duty Coordinator for assistance.
- The physical demands analysis is used by the vendor of choice to create a test based on the physical demands of the job offered.
- When starting or updating physical demands test criteria, it is valuable to set aside time for an incumbent validation study to adjust for the accuracy of the job-specific testing criteria.
- The department hiring authority provides candidates with directions to set up testing and to notify the vendor of the position to be tested.
- Enjoy the new team members!
Fit for Duty Testing Vendors