The next generation of work function technology.
The Workfit Work Capacity Assessment System.
Workfit utilises a comprehensive computer integrated work capacity assessment testing system. This technology was developed to provide an objective assessment of a worker’s physical capacity to perform specific and/or essential demands of their jobs. This system has been used extensively over many years in the United States, Canada and Europe and is considered to be at the forefront of this type of technology.
Computerised test recording allows accurate data collection with less chance of testing error. Data can be interpreted consistently without mathematical error. The Work Capacity Assessment System measures 15 work demands defined by the U.S and Canadian Departments of Labour who provide internationally recognised benchmarks. These include:
• dynamic lift strength,
• static lift, push and pull strength,
The elements below also incorporate an industrial rating that indicates if the person can perform at a competitive rate:
• carrying strength,
• standing, walking,
• forward and overhead reach,
• stooping, kneeling and crouching work positions,
• handling and fingering hand functions.
The Work Assessment System also measures:
• functional grip and pinch strength,
• wrist flexion and extension strength and
• forearm pronation and supination strength.
The assessment protocols are operated by a single touch screen tablet computer. Assessment and test routines are fast, easy to understand and use “informed consent” documentation to assure all tests are reproducible, objective, safe and defendable. Test protocols include standardized routines used for over 20 years.
What sets this Work Capacity Evaluation apart?
• Tests work capacity rather than functional capacity
• The unit is portable and can be taken out to specific work sites to conduct testing in the workplace when there are a number of assessments to be done
• Data from actual job demands can be put into the program so the individual is tested against the specific work demands
• Specific tests rate the person against industry standards, rather than normative data, such as gender, age and ethnicity.
• Incorporates evaluation of speed and efficiency to determine if a worker can be gainfully employed
• The static strength tests measure each extremity independent of influence of the other, so comparison can be seen between left and right extremities within each test
• There is a separate Upper Extremity unit which tests upper limb strength and repetitive hand function
• Physiological indicators such as heart rate are monitored and factored into the safe level of work and assist in determining the validity of test results
• The assessment can distinguish pathological versus behavioural indicators
• The assessment allows for cross validation of multiple data sources to determine sincerity of effort
A follow-up study by a manufacturing plant using this system for pre-employment assessments demonstrated:
• A reduction of lost time by new employees during the first 18 months of employment by 46%
• Those incurring injuries during this period were off work for half the length of time compared to those who had not undergone pre-employment assessment.