8. Fitness for Duty
Published Online: 26 JUN 2013
Copyright © 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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
- Published Online: 26 JUN 2013
- Published Print: 19 APR 2013
Print ISBN: 9780813806891
Online ISBN: 9781118783252
- health evaluation;
- occupational health services;
- physical abilities testing;
- substance testing;
- worker fitness
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.