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Fitness for Duty (FFD)

Last updated: June 30, 2018

What Does Fitness for Duty (FFD) Mean?

Fitness for duty, within the context of occupational testing, describes a program that helps to evaluate a person's physical, mental, and emotional level in accordance to the specific requirements of a job. Fitness for duty must be based on quantifiable requirements of a specific job and not generalities. Regulations and discrimination laws must also be followed.

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WorkplaceTesting Explains Fitness for Duty (FFD)

Fitness for duty is a program that is utilized to help ensure that workers are mentally and physically fit to complete certain tasks. Fitness for duty can assess a person's physical, mental, and emotional well being prior to a person being assigned to specific job tasks. For example, a firefighter must meet different physical standards than a delivery driver. Testing must be tailored for the specific job and not overreach. Testing must also take into account regulations such as those defined under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). The goal is to ensure an individual will be able to not only do the job, but do so in a safe and productive manner.

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