What does it really mean to be “Fit for duty”?
Safety Boss values our personnel above all. We strive for everyone to be at their best not only through our training and mentoring programs but also with our health benefits, offering all that is required so they are “Fit for duty”
“Fit for duty” means that an individual is in a physical, mental, and emotional state that enables the employee to perform the essential tasks of his or her work assignment. This fitness ensures the work is completed in a manner that does NOT threaten the safety or health of oneself, co-workers, property, or the public at large.
In a “Fit for duty” test, applicants are physically assessed based on a PDA, or Physical Demands Analysis. A PDA takes into account all the essential and non-essential tasks of a job, and the environment in which that job is completed. Knowing the physical capabilities and limitations of your applicants before you hire them can reduce the number of safety incidents and WCB lost-time claims on work sites including the construction and oil field industries.
Fit for duty also enables an employer to place an applicant in a job where they can succeed. If employers are aware of an applicant’s physical capabilities and limitations, they can accommodate the applicant’s needs.