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Functional Assessments

Pre-employment functional assessments are a valuable way to gain information relating to a candidate’s physical strength and fitness prior to employment. This can help to evaluate whether a candidate has the physical ability to safely perform the requirements of the prospective job role.

Pre-employment functional assessments are fundamental in ensuring the health and well-being of employees and are an effective injury prevention strategy.

Benefits of pre-employment functional assessments:

  • Increased productivity by employing candidates that have the physical capacity to perform prospective job roles safely and effectively

  • Help to expose medical or musculoskeletal conditions that a potential employee may not be aware of and that could otherwise have gone undetected 

  • Help to reduce workplace injuries, workers compensation claims and insurance costs

  • Identify areas of deficits in potential employees, including poor manual handling technique

  • Meet Occupational Health and Safety legislative requirements

  • Duty of care to employees to decrease the risk of potential injury in the workforce

  • Can be used following a long period of absence for an employee to ensure they are still capable of performing their job role regardless of whether an injury was the reason for their absence.

Components of Workscreen functional assessments:

  • Pre-assessment risk screening

    • includes blood pressure measurements, BMI, risk screening and information relating to any current or previous injuries/illnesses.

  • Cardiovascular fitness test (optional)

    • Chester step test with VO2max result compared against age/gender norms.

  • Posture and gait observation

    • Observation of body alignment and gait pattern

  • Joint range of movement testing

    • To identify any restrictions in spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle movements

  • Musculoskeletal screening tests

    • Including tests for neural tension, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff, carpal tunnel, De Quervains, tennis/golfers elbow and knee ligament integrity

  • Postural tolerance

    • Sustained kneeling, squatting, bench reach and thoracic/lumbar extension

  • Strength and function testing for the spine/trunk, upper limbs, and lower limbs

  • Lower limb proprioception testing

  • Job Specific manual handling testing

    • Developed based upon a review of information provided by the company and the dictionary of occupational titles physical demands


When cardiovascular fitness testing is not required, Workscreen can conduct a musculoskeletal screening and manual handling assessment as part of the pre-employment medical.


Where desired, Workscreen can also complete functional testing as part of a company’s periodic medical assessment.


Workscreen uses trained and experienced accredited exercise physiologists and physiotherapists to conduct our functional assessments. Both professions undergo four years of university-level study as part of their training and have extensive knowledge of physical fitness testing and the musculoskeletal system. Therefore, our staff provide professional and thorough functional assessments.

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