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FITNESS TO WORK

ASSESSMENT
Y. M. KISHASHU
M.Sc.(Erg); PGDip(Occ Hlth); M.P.H.(Ind Hlth); PhD(Cand)
ENV & OCC HLTH DEPT
MUHIMBILI UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH AND ALLIED SCIENCES

FITNESS TO WORK
ASSESSMENT
A fitness for work assessment offers
an in-depth, independent medical
evaluation of a workers ability to
carry out his or her job in a safe and
effective manner.
The assessment can be carried out
either before or after commencing
employment.

FITNESS FOR WORK ASSESSMENT


cont
Fitness
for
requirement

work

is

legal

FWA will ascertain whether there is


any
medical
reason
why
the
employee should not be appointed to
a particular post.

FITNESS FOR WORK ASSESSMENT cont


An assessment should be made if they
change their job to one with substantially
different duties for example, involving
more physical exertion or exposure to
potentially hazardous working conditions.
Fitness for work is about both the
functional capability of the employee to do
the work in question and the risk involved
to them and others of them doing the
work.

FITNESS FOR WORK ASSESSMENT


cont
There are potential legal hazards in
deciding that any employee is not
capable of doing a particular job, if
that ultimately leads to the end of
their employment.
However, dismissal because an
employee is not fit to do their job will
also need to be in accordance with
other employment legislation

FITNESS FOR WORK ASSESSMENT


cont
Fitness to work is relevant where
illnesses
or
injuries
reduce
performance, or affect health and
safety in the workplace.
It may also be specific to certain
hazardous tasks for which medical
standards exist.

FACTORS NEED TO BE
CONSIDERED IN ASSESSING
FITNESS FOR WORK

The workers condition and any impact


this may have on the capacity to
perform the work.
How the workers health will be affected
by the work.
Some jobs have the potential to make
an existing condition worse.

FACTORS NEED TO BE
CONSIDERED IN ASSESSING
FITNESS FOR WORK

Excess risk of serious harm resulting


from the combination of condition
and work for example, if an
employee who drives or works at
heights develops epilepsy.
The health condition may mean that
there is a risk to workmates, patients
or the public if the worker continues.

HOW IS ASSESSMENT
DONE?
Typically, the employee will visit a medical
professional who will determine if the person
is able to do that particular job. They may
consider physical or mental capacities,
sensory acuity, level of skill, etc. The medical
professional will typically only report one of
three conditions back to the employer:
fit,
unfit, or
fit subject to work modifications.

WHY IS THE FWA DONE?


There has been a significant change in the
working conditions
The job at work has been modified and the
returning worker is still going for
physiotherapy, rehabilitation, or both
There has been a change in an employee's
health (e.g., returning to work after recovery
from a serious illness or injury)

WHY IS THE FWA DONE? Cont..


A medical condition may limit, reduce or prevent
the person from performing a new or current job
effectively (e.g., musculoskeletal conditions that
limit mobility)
A medical condition is likely to make it unsafe to
do the job (e.g., a person may unpredictably
become unconscious in a hazardous situation)
A medical condition is likely to make it unsafe
both for him/her self, co-workers or the public