Why are Fit to Work Assessments needed?
The employee/ prospective employee’s health condition may limit or prevent them from effectively performing the job (e.g. musculoskeletal conditions that limit ability)
Work may worsen the individual’s condition
The individual’s condition may make certain jobs and work environments unsafe to them (e.g. liability to sudden unconsciousness in a hazardous situation)
The individual’s condition may make it unsafe both for themselves and for others in some roles
The individual’s condition may pose a risk to the community (e.g. infection transmitted by a food handler)
When is such an assessment needed?
On initial recruitment (depending on work exposures)
Returning to work after significant or prolonged illness or injury
Undergoing periodic review relating to specific requirements (e.g. health surveillance)