Physical Capacity Test: What’s The Impact

  • By Mark Friesen
  • 10 Feb, 2014
The impact of performing a physical capacity test

The use of post offer testing and pre-placement testing was first initiated during World War II in order to ensure that individuals were able to perform their particular jobs efficiently, effectively, and with a lower risk of injury. A study conducted by Dr. Gary Harbin and John Olson for the  American Journal of Industrial Medicine , which was published April 2005, showed that if employers in the industry fields implemented post offer employment testing, the decrease in injuries, missed workdays, and medical costs could be significant.

Physical Capacity Test

The researchers conducted a study between 1989 and 1994 with a large food production plant in  Salina , Kansas which housed 2,482 employees. Each employee was required to be in employment with the company for at least three consecutive years in order to be considered for the study.

The objective behind this research was to engineer a way to control injuries by ergonomically adjusting specific jobs to fit the physical capabilities of employees.

During the study it was noted that traditional radiographic evaluations, physician administered exams, lumbar range of motion, and psychological testing were ineffective in attempting to control work-related injuries. Also, simple strength testing was proven ineffective without providing the direct correlation of the demands of the specific job. The researchers did discover, however, that when employees were placed in jobs they could physically perform, the action proved to be effectively ergonomic effective and decrease injury rates.

These employees were required to undergo 20 different anthropometric, fitness, strength, and lifting tests, and were then classified according to the  U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles  (DOT), which categorizes the physical strain and difficulty required in specific jobs.

Post offer employment testing decreases job related injuries

The employees were split into two groups: those who matched the strength capacity equal to the job’s demands, and those whose strength capacity was less. Although the matched group had the capability to perform the specific job and the mismatched group did not, the study proved that there were no statistical differences in the rate of injury based on the strength or physical capacity of employees.

The study of these two groups showed a significant increase in work-related sprains and strains within the mismatched group, including an injury rate to the lumbar spine and shoulder that was approximately 10 times higher than that of the matched group. The study also showed that 70 percent of the work-related injuries were to the hands and wrists. There was a noted $7 dollar savings for $1 dollar spent on testing

Harbin and Olson conducted another study at an electrical manufacturing facility between 1993 and 1998. This facility provided jobs that required more physical capacity than the first, but placed all new hires with a position that matched their post-offer test results.

In 1992, which was the final non-post-offer testing year of the electrical facility, the medical costs from work-related sprains and strains reached higher than $70,000. Four years later in 1996, the cost dropped below $10,000( 86% decrease). Although the injury rate did not decline after implementing the post-offer tests, the severity of the injuries greatly decreased.

After completion of this study, the facility’s employers realized a 30 percent ($76,000) drop in workmen’s compensation annual premiums and a drastic decrease in missed workdays (more than 700 in 1993, but only seven in 1996). This all took place while the company grew from 170 to 200 employees. This comes to a minimum annual savings of $380.00 per employee.

The studies conducted by Harbin and Olson proves that post offer testing ensures that employees will be capable of performing their specific jobs with a significant decrease in the risk of injury. The difference in the rates of injuries between the matched and mismatched groups is convincing enough that employers should consider implementing these tests before hiring or assigning jobs and tasks.

The results from both of these studies indicate that approximately 66 percent of males and 50 percent of females can perform DOT Level 3 jobs, while only 33 percent of males and 10 percent of females are capable of performing DOT Level 4 jobs.

Using these categorized DOT levels and the results from these studies should enable employers to greatly diminish work-related injuries, which will financially help their companies and employees, and keep their working environments safer.

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By Jill Dyck 30 Mar, 2017
"Top 10 Injury Causes :   Overexertion involving outside sources ranked first among the leading causes of disabling injury. This event category, which includes injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing objects , cost businesses $15.08 billion in direct costs and accounted for nearly a quarter of the overall national burden."*  

How to help solve this problem? Visit www.pcpworks.com  

Read the entire article here:    https://www.libertymutualgroup.com/about-liberty-mutual-site/research-institute-site/Documents/2016%20WSI.pdf

*Source:  Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
www.libertymutualgroup.com/researchinstitute


By Jill Dyck 16 Mar, 2017

Brace yourself: PCP testing and the workplace

Saturday
Mar 11, 2017 at 3:00 AM

By Cheyenne Derksen SchroederStaff Writer

What if you could predict a work injury?

Unfortunately, predicting injury is not an exact science, but special tests allow employers to determine which physical tasks employees can perform, which prevents potential injury.

The Physical Capacity Profile, or PCP, Testing System measures ability to perform 28 maximum-strength measurements in 30 minutes. The test is offered by Assured Occupational Solutions and the Operational Performance Corporation, Salina. OPC representatives gave a lecture on the testing program with AOS on Thursday.

“We believe the employee is the most valuable assets in your workplace. You need good quality employees who put in the time and have the capacity to do the job over the course of several years,” said Chris Curtis, business development manager for OPC. “You only have one body, so we want to make sure we keep it in good shape.”

How it works

What the PCP testing provides is objective results about a potential employee’s ability to perform a job. A test facilitator guides the employee through the objectives on a piece of equipments. Through computerized software, results from the tests are available in minutes to medical providers and the employers.

The information obtained uses the Department of Labor’s five classifications of work and the American Medical Association guidelines. The exam also qualifies for American Disabilities Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission standards.

The work classifications divide jobs into five categories by the amount of force needed to push, pull, lift or move objects.

The lightest, sedentary work, involves exerting 10 pounds of force occasionally, while the highest, very heavy work, involves exerting over 100 pounds of force occasionally, 50 pounds frequently or 20 pounds constantly. Results from the PCP test show what classification of job an employee could perform.

“It’s not pass or fail like a drug screening — if someone scores at a lower level, you can offer them a different position if you have one available. Otherwise, you can rescind the offer,” Curtis said. “If they meet a higher level, you can move them up to a higher job.”

For employers, test results can assist employers in identifying physically demanding jobs and potentially reduce injury rates.

“We need to know the heaviest lift they’ll do and the most frequent task,” Curtis said. “You’d think we just test laborers, but some businesses figure out pretty quick that if your secretarial staff is lifting files or bottles of water often, that will bump you up a few categories, so we test everyone.”

Purpose

The PCP test seeks to answer three questions: Does a potential employee have the strength to do a job, do they have a preexisting condition that might hinder their ability, and when has an injured employee reached maximum medical improvement?

“When workers have done rehab and the doctor says they can come back, you can have them do a PCP when they return. What it does is it goes at a slower pace since they’re probably in pain, and it guards against potential malingers,” Curtis explained. “If they fail the PCP, you can put them in a light duty position, even if the physician says they’re fit to work. If they’ve been off work, they might have been resting and have lost some physical ability while out of the workplace.”

Using a consistent test like the PCP gives employers and medical providers a record of what an employee can do, both before and after an injury.

Issues are not completely eliminated, since injuries and worker’s compensation claims still happen, but PCP testing can lower the severity of injuries, Curtis explained.

“The cost spent on PCP testing is paid back in [worker’s compensation] savings,” Curtis said. “One dollar spent in testing brings $8 to $12 in worker’s compensation savings.”

For more information

Assured Occupational Solutions can perform PCP tests same-day or within the week. For more information, call 620-504-6614 or visit http://assuredoccu.com .

Contact Cheyenne Derksen Schroeder by email at cderksen@mcphersonsentinel.com or follow her on Twitter at @MacSentinel.

By Jill Dyck 06 Mar, 2017

A huge thank you to the individuals and local businesses in Salina that helped OPC win the most donations raised for our time slot for the  #BigBrothersBigSisters   annual  Bowl For Kid’s Sake event!

Brian and Julie Richardson, Synergy Chiropractic Dr. Joe, The UPS Store Brian Vaughn, Alan Webb Farmers Insurance, Dawn and Frank Carlson, Kathleen  Lizzie Hight , The Birdsong Kids!,  Denae BirdsongDustin BirdsongDan Lindsay , and  Tiara Reid !

Go TEAM!!


By Chris Curtis 01 Mar, 2017
Occupational Performance Corporation is proud to welcome Norton County Hospital as the newest member of the Physical Capacity Profile network. Norton County Hospital, located in the northwestern Kansas community of Norton and  is a 25-bed critical access hospital and Level IV trauma center, and along with the Norton Medical Clinic and Logan Clinic, provides medical services for residents in Norton County and surrounding northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska communities. It has 130 dedicated and skilled employees to assist our medical providers in all levels of inpatient care, a full range of outpatient ancillary services and several visiting physician specialty clinics. 
By Chris Curtis 01 Aug, 2016
New Medical Health Care hosted a ribbon cutting and open house event on Friday, July 29 for its new east Wichita location at 7602 E. Harry. Staff at this new location are eager to begin serving companies and their employees in the area.

New Medical Health Care was established in the spring of 2003 by a group of primary care doctors that expected higher quality of service and a better delivery model. In 2005, New Medical Health Care added occupational health and workers’ compensation service to the delivery model. They are recognized as a leading provider of these services in the Wichita and Sedgwick County area.

New Medical Health Care occupational health services are comprehensive and includes primary care evaluation and treatment, injections, immunizations, physicals including DOT and FAA, laboratory, advanced hearing and vision testing and the patented Physical Capacity Profile System. New Medical Health Care focuses on clients located in Wichita and the surrounding area and now has two locations in Wichita.

By PCP Staff 04 Jan, 2016

Physical Capacity Profile® post offer employment testing is now available in Paducah, Kentucky: Atlas Physical Therapy

“As we continue to expand our testing locations, it was key to add another physical employment testing location in Kentucky to assist employers and their employees. Atlas Physical Therapy will be a great asset to the Paducah area for post offer employment testing,” said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “Their people have a great reputation and is just another service they have added to their already exceptional offerings.”

If you are an employer in the Paducah area, protect yourself and your employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury by post offer employment testing with the Physical Capacity Profile®.

Are you an employer that should be testing your employees? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the patented Physical Capacity Profile® Testing System provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.


Atlas Physical Therapy LLC
5050 B. Village Square Dr.
Paducah KY 42001


Ph: 270-443-0681
Fx: 270-442-7948

http://www.atlasphysicaltherapyllc.com/

By PCP Staff 21 Dec, 2015

Physical Capacity Profile®, a post offer employment testing system, announces a new testing location in Omaha, Nebraska: Integrated Rehab

“This makes 17 Physical Capacity Profile® testing locations in Nebraska and three in the Omaha area,” said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “We are excited for this new partnership with Integrated Rehab and their wonderful staff.”

Employers in Omaha can protect themselves and their employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury. Have the data provide by our system can reduce worker comp claims and ensure your company is fully staff and without injury

Are you an employer that should be testing your employees? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the patented Physical Capacity Profile® Testing System provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.


Integrated Rehab
4832 South 24th St.
Omaha, NE 68107
Ph: (402)-502-1819
Fx: (402)-502-2057
www.omahaintegratedrehab.com

By PCP Staff 16 Dec, 2015

Physical Capacity Profile® post offer employment testing is now available in Nevada. The newest employee physically testing location is in the Reno-Sparks metro:   Renown Health

“As we continue to offer new post offer employment testing locations in the US, Renown Health in Sparks, NV helps us expand to the West. They will be able to help local employers in the Reno-Sparks metro area ensure their new hires are physically capable of performing the jobs they were hired to do”, said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “We are excited to work with the talented staff at Renown Health.”

If you are an employer in the Reno-Sparks metro area, protect yourself and your employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury by testing them with the Physical Capacity Profile® testing system.

Ask yourself,

  • Have you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, our patented system provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.

 

Renown Health
420 USA Parkway, Spark, NV 89434
Phone: (775)-982-7440
www.renown.org

By PCP Staff 08 Dec, 2015

Physical Capacity Profile®, provider of post offer employment testing, is pleased to announce our newest testing site location in Wynnewood, Oklahoma:   Wynnewood Urgent Care

“Our goal is to continue adding physical employment testing locations in Oklahoma to assist employers and their employees. Wynnewood Urgent Care will be a great source for post offer employment testing in South Central Oklahoma,” said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “The staff at Wynnewood is a great fit.”

Post-offer employment testing available immediately at this new location. If you are an employer in this area, protect yourself and your employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury by post offer employment testing with the Physical Capacity Profile®.

Are you an employer that should be testing your employees? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the patented Physical Capacity Profile® Testing System provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.

Wynnewood Wood Urgent Care
106 N. Powell St.
Wynnewood, OK 73098
Ph: 405-665-1010
Fx: 405-665-1001
Crystal Knowles, LPN: urgentcarecknowles@gmail.com
www.urgentcarewynnewoodok.com

By PCP Staff 20 Jun, 2015

Physical Capacity Profile®, provider of post offer employment testing, is pleased to announce our newest site location in Texarkana, TX:   HealthCare Express Management

“Adding a new site in Texas helps us to expand our network south. Working with local employers and businesses, HealthCare Express Management will be a great source for post offer employment testing in Northeast Texas.  said Brian Richardson, PCP CEO. “The staff at HealthCare Express Management is a great fit for Physical Capacity Profile®.”

Post-offer employment testing available immediately at this new location. If you are an employer in this area, protect yourself and your employees from unnecessary circumstances than can result from a work related injury by post offer employment testing with the Physical Capacity Profile®.

Ask yourself,

  • Have   you ever wondered if either your new hire or a current employee transferring to another position really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?
  • Have you been concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?
  • Has an employee been injured off the job in a personal injury, and tried to file a claim under your work comp?
  • Ever wondered if an employee was really ready to return to the same job after an injury?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the patented Physical Capacity Profile® Testing System provides definitive answers to these often unanswerable questions. By utilizing state-of-the-art proprietary software and equipment, PCP assists employers in preventing work place injuries by properly matching their employees’ physical abilities to their new job.

 

HealthCare Express Management, Ltd
3515 Richmond Rd Texarkana, Tx 75503
Ben Smith
Phone:   903-791-9355 ext 2104
Email:   ben.smith@healthcareexpress.us
www.healthcareexpress.us

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