HPEs are another tool to assess job fitness, particularly for jobs with special demands, such as working on ladders, crawling, pushing or pulling. Based on the principles of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, HPEs are effective in assessing pre-existing conditions involving the hands, feet, elbows, neck, ankles and other parts of the body. They also become “teachable moments” – where job candidates and workers returning to a job after an extended absence can be coached in proper body mechanics relevant to their job.
NOVA OHS offers physical examinations that can identify underlying medical conditions that could impact a worker’s health and safety. If a condition is identified, NOVA OHS providers will refer workers to their primary care provider.