Work Tolerance Screening

Last Updated: April 26, 2019

Definition - What does Work Tolerance Screening mean?

Work tolerance screening is a method used to assess an individual's ability to perform a specific job. During a work tolerance screening an individual will be subjected to the same conditions as he or she would be subjected to when performing the targeted job. The environment, physical demands, and pace of the job are all replicated in the screening.

These screenings may also be performed in a vocational training setting to determine a person's employability. This assessment may also be used to evaluate current or prospective employees for proper job placement within a company or department. Work tolerance screenings may also be used to determine whether an injured employee is fit to return to work after rehabilitation.

Physical or emotional reasons why an employee is not suitable for a specific job may also be identified during this process.

Work tolerance screening is sometimes referred to as work tolerance testing or a work hardening assessment.

WorkplaceTesting explains Work Tolerance Screening

A work tolerance screening is designed to emulate all of the aspects of a particular job. The screening should evaluate whether the individual being tested can tolerate the physical and emotional stresses of a the job. Beyond just evaluating an individual's physical capacity to perform a job's tasks, a work tolerance screening seeks to identify the person's willingness to perform the job's task for the duration of the work day. Performing this testing before assigning an employee to a task helps to reduce job turnover, reduce safety risks, and improve employee morale.

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