About 5 -10% of all new employees will have a medical condition so having a post-offer medical assessment performed on prospective employees makes sense. It helps you identify health problems early, and protect those with conditions which may be affected at work such as epilepsy, diabetes, musculoskeletal problems and asthma etc.
Post-offer health assessments are undertaken for the following reasons:
Establish the personal, physical and psychological capability of the prospective employee to undertake the work offered
Ensure that the prospective employee, if engaged will not constitute a health hazard to others
Identify health problems that will require on-going advice and/or management
Undertake baseline health surveillance data
Establish the fitness of an existing employee prior to a transfer of post where specific fitness to work criteria is required
To confirm an applicant’s identity, nationality and immigration status and to verify their declared skills and employment history.
What happens during a Post-Offer Medical Assessment?
Post-offer assessments can vary from the use of a self-completed questionnaire to a full clinical examination by an OHA.
Examinations involve an assessment of:
1) The applicant
2) The job
It may also include clinical measurement tests to identify abnormalities, which would provide a baseline at post-offer and assessment of an individual’s fitness against the hazards and demands associated with the job and their likely effects on the individual’s health.
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