- How are you different from a university?
- How long do Fit for Duty programs take to develop?
- Can we adopt tests from similar organisations?
- Do you offer health checks or pre-employment checks?
- Other providers have previously run a job task analysis on our workforce in a single day. Why do you take longer?
How are you different from a university?
Think of us as the space between research and industry. Universities do wonderful work in Fit for Duty and Heat Stress research. However, often this work is lost on industry. Our job is to keep up with the latest university research and communicate with the sector in a manner that is understandable and practical. We are the applied arm of research – ensuring research is truly utilised where it is needed most.Back to top
How long do Fit for Duty programs take to develop?
This is very much a ‘’how long is a piece of string question’. The factors which influence the length of Fit for Duty projects include the size of the organisation, the speed of communication within an organisation, organisational administration processes, the involvement of union bodies and more. For smaller organisations, Fit for Duty programs can be completed within a year, and for larger organisations, the process may take up to three or four years. Employers need to recognise the long-term benefits for implementing scientifically valid Fit for Duty programs; it is worth the time invested up front.Back to top
Can we adopt tests from similar organisations?
No. This is a common misconception amongst many emergency service organisations. Because many organisations are similar, there is a perception that Fit for Duty tests can be adopted from other organisations who have developed validated tests. This is not appropriate. Each organisation needs to implement Fit for Duty programs that are an exact reflection of their workplace demands, regardless of the many similarities which may exist with other organisations. Adoption can compromise the validity of the tests and falsely identify workers who or capable or incapable of performing job tasks.Back to top
Do you offer health checks or pre-employment checks?
No. Health checks and pre-employment checks (e.g. blood pressure measures, glucose measures, cholesterol measures) are all valid assessments of worker health and safety. We recommend organisations to have these checks undertaken under their occupational health and safety programs. However, these measures are not specific to the precise demands of workplace roles. They are a separate form of assessment from Fit for Duty tests, which are modelled on precise job demands.Back to top
Other providers have previously run a job task analysis on our workforce in a single day. Why do you take longer?
A job task analysis is the process in which job demands are understood. In the context of Fit for Duty programs, these demands are in relation to physical demands. The science relating to job tasks analysis has evolved considerably in the past decade, so we now have a clear understanding of this process. Organisations need to be aware that is indeed a process, which involves many stages. The traditional methods, where a professional would tick off boxes on clipboard, is not in line with the scientific methods which make up the job task analysis. Job task analyses can take weeks to months to complete properly. If they are completed in a time much shorter than this then it is unlikely all the necessary information has been captured.Back to top