Fitness for Duty (FFD) is a medical evaluation used to determine if an employee is capable of performing the essential functions of a job without risking injury to themselves or other coworkers. It is also used as a “Return to Work Evaluation” after employees have been off work due to a non-work or work-related condition or illness.
When to do a Fitness for Duty Evaluation
- When an employee is out more than five days
- During a job transfer to determine whether they can meet the essential job functions
- If an employee has a physical or mental medical condition which could affect job performance
Properly trained staff and testing equipment is required to properly assess a patient’s capability. In addition to a physical exam, a detailed review of medical records, conferring with a treating physician, functional capacity testing, cardiovascular stress testing, drug and alcohol testing, job site analysis and other specialized testing can be utilized to make an accurate assessment.
SafeWorks Illinois assures that a recommendation is made by a qualified physician to determine an employee’s ability to meet the physical demands of the job.
- Evaluate the diagnosis to determine if it is a correct assessment of the employee’s physical or mental condition
- Collect information regarding on the job requirements and compare to individual’s physical ability to protect them from worsening their condition
- Reasonable Suspicion
A written report is given to determine if the employee is fit for duty or not or if additional testing is required.
To schedule a Fitness for Duty evaluation, please call 217.356.6150 (Champaign).