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Post-offer testing program benefits employer, employee

Companies use post-offer employment testing (POET) as a conditional offer of employment to verify employees meet essential job functions.

  • By Grant Judah
  • Apr 25, 2017

Companies use post-offer employment testing (POET) as a conditional offer of employment to verify employees meet essential job functions. The test includes physical job demands that an employee must meet to safely perform the job.

Injury prevention is a major benefit of POET. By fitting the right person to the right job, workers’ compensation claims and lost work time can decrease. A POET program can also help employers determine if reasonable accommodations can be made for workers who are unable to complete all essential functions of the job. Employers may have other positions available and may offer another job with more appropriate physical demands.

If an employee does sustain a workers’ compensation injury, a POET program can help accurately identify the portions of the job an employee can safely perform under restricted conditions. This potential earlier return to work helps avoid additional lost work days.

A first step to establishing a program is to consult with an occupational medicine provider who is able to measure the job through Job Analysis. Upon completion, the provider will be able to produce an accurate Functional Job Description with corresponding post-offer employment testing for each measured job. Post-offer testing can be performed at facilities able to carry out the testing. Most occupational medicine providers who perform Job Analysis will also be able to conduct post-offer testing.

Sanford OccMed’s comprehensive program is tailored to your business’ needs and is backed by Sanford’s team of medical specialists.

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