Physical ability tests are gaining popularity among employers who wish
actually make an impact on injury reduction in their industries.
well established that half of all back injuries are caused by
overexertion. Overexertion simply means that the employee lacks
sufficient strength to perform the lifting or carrying task.
Due to various employment
discrimination laws and court
decisions, employers must validate these tests and document that their
consistent with business necessity. These tests must be validated
persons with expert knowledge in job analysis, testing, and employment
Technology available today allows
employers to perform their
own tests using a valid cut-off score. Employers do not need to
outside consulting firms to validate every test or every employment
decision. Newly developed tests are inexpensive and can be
trained human resource personnel. The tests can also be used by
testing professionals. To see a nine
minute video (Windows
Media Player) produced by one employer about its own testing program,
MED-TOX can validate a strength test
for your new
hires. Even if a strength test saved your company only a single
injury over the course of a decade, this savings would more than
the costs of developing the test.
The MED-TOX website contains numerous
resources on physical
ability test validation. Click the links on the left to find this
Contact MED-TOX for more information
about the testing and
find out how your organization can save thousands of dollars each year
job-related physical ability test.