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Fit for Duty encompasses many different policies and programs. The bottom line is that and employer has a legal obligation to provide a workplace that is free from recognized hazards. In doing so, a company needs to asses work tasks and ensure that employees can perform the tasks without causing themselves or others around them physical harm. Fit for Duty begins with us developing your policy statement and incorporates the following:
POST OFFER MEDICAL EVALUATION
Medical Evaluations are an effective way for companies to protect themselves from prospective employees that do not meet the physical demands of the job. Evaluations are conducted post-offer, but prior to beginning of work. Prospective employees are screened within 3 business days of the job offer. Persons who refuse to consent to medical evaluation or who don’t meet the physical requirements of the position, will have the job offer revoked and will not be eligible for any other positions covered by this policy.
DRUG FREE WORK PLACE POLICY AND PROGRAM
When it comes to workplace substance abuse, small to medium-sized companies have big disadvantages. They are less likely to have programs in place to combat the problem. The good news is that companies have enormous power to improve the safety and health of their workplaces and employees by implementing drug-free workplace programs that educate employees about the dangers of drug abuse and encourage individuals with related problems to seek help. These types of programs help reduce occupational injuries and illnesses and send a clear message that employers care about the safety and health of their employees.
FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATIONS
The program is designed to be convenient for employers and employees. The program fully conforms to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines for application in regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We provide employers with assistance through program design, implementation, and ongoing support while positioning local healthcare providers to be valuable partners to employers in their community.
The program’s comprehensive Functional Capacity Evaluation includes the following components:
- Medical history revealing any prior injuries (occupational-related, motor vehicle, trauma, or other) and pertinent medical problems or conditions.
- Comprehensive musculo-skeletal evaluation including assessment of range of motion, strength, posture and joint integrity.
- Assessment of cardiovascular status including recovery condition, risk profile, blood pressure and heart rate.
- Static strength evaluation of the back and extremities.
- Dynamic strength evaluation of the back and extremities.
- Job specific or job simulation components which include instruction on proper body mechanics and lifting techniques.
- Vision and hearing screening.
- Optional Components:
- Risk profile for repetitive stress injuries, i.e., carpal tunnel.
- Employment and Background Screening
- Health Risk Assessments
- Behavioral and Personality Assessments
Let Baldwin EH&S put together a Health and Safety Fair in place of your next company function.
Health Fairs are an economical way to reach out and educate your workforce.
Health Fairs can incorporate all aspects of the company Health and Wellness Program activities and services may include:
- Employee health screenings
- In-house stretching & fitness program
- Employee medical testing
- Cholesterol screenings
- Diabetes and glucose testing
- Ergonomic services
Each Employee Health Fair is professionally designed around your specific company, goals and objectives.
We can provide more than just health fair coordination. We are your best choice for specialty company events.
- Blood Drives and On-site Flu Shots
- Environmental Fairs (Going Green)
- Wellness Indulgence Events
- Employee Appreciation Days
- On-Site Massage Clinics
Baldwin EH&S wants to be your One-Stop for all your Health & Wellness Program development and coordination.
Stretching to improve flexibility should form an important part of any fitness program. The American College of Sports Medicine issued revised guidelines about stretching in 1998, which suggest that most people should try to do some stretching at least twice a week to increase their range of motion around a joint and muscular performance. Regular stretching will not only increase your flexibility, it will also help protect you against an exercise-related injury.
For any fitness program and for daily life in general, it’s important that you maintain a good level of flexibility so that you can move your muscles through a full range around joints. This test will tell you how flexible you are in your hamstring muscles and lower back.
Sit on the floor with your legs together and directly out in front of you. Your bottom and back should be against a wall or door. Slowly lean forward towards your toes. How far can you reach with your fingertips?
- To your knees – poor flexibility
- Between your knees and ankles – reasonable flexibility
- To your ankles or beyond – excellent flexibility
Your initial goal should be to remain flexible and exercise moderately for at least 30 minutes a day for three days a week. Over a few weeks, try to increase this to five days a week – believe it or not, exercising at even this level is enough to provide major health benefits, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and the American College of Sports Medicine. The even better news is that each 30 minutes of exercise needn’t be in one session – it can be accumulated throughout the day in chunks of least 10 minutes.