8. Fitness for Duty

  1. Arlene Guzik DNP, ARNP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN President and Owner
  1. Arlene Guzik DNP, ARNP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN President and Owner

Published Online: 26 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783252.ch8

Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing

Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing

How to Cite

Guzik, A. (2013) Fitness for Duty, in Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783252.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813806891

Online ISBN: 9781118783252

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Keywords:

  • health evaluation;
  • occupational health services;
  • physical abilities testing;
  • substance testing;
  • worker fitness

Summary

This chapter covers the rationale for determining fitness for duty and defines the components of the evaluations used to determine the fitness of a worker. It addresses certain regulatory requirements regarding work fitness. To determine fitness for duty, two aspects must be considered: (1) knowing the job and (2) knowing if the worker is fit to do the job. The healthcare provider must conduct fitness for duty evaluations in a manner in which the individual's capabilities are compared to the essential functions and demands of the specified job and provide a report to the employer regarding the individual's capabilities, limitations, and any applicable restrictions. The employer must make fitness for duty a core component and expectation for the workforce and must communicate this expectation through written policies and continued education of workforce.