Functional Capacity Evaluations
Worklink utilises the Physical Work Performance Evaluation (PWPE) to conduct functional capacity evaluations. The PWPE, developed by ErgoScience in the USA, is the first scientifically based functional capacity evaluation with comprehensive published reliability and validity data. Results of the research were published in the Journal of Occupational Medicine, Volume 36, Number 9, September 1994, pp997-1004.
The PWPE provides:
clear work guidelines;
results that can be reproduced;
results that stand up in court.
Worklink has a well established PWPE clinic, with accredited PWPE evaluators. The PWPE is a comprehensive evaluation taking an average of 4 hours of formal testing.
The PWPE results give valuable information on whether there is a match between the injured worker’s abilities and their job or potential occupations. Furthermore, the results indicate physical activities to prevent re-injury. The results of the PWPE are summarised in a concise, objective and easy-to-read format for use by doctors, injury management consultants, insurers, employers, solicitors and workers.
The assessment is divided into three main sections:
Position Tolerance, and
The results from these three main sections are used to determine a safe overall level of work for the injured worker. Endurance or ability to tolerate a full day of work is determined during the assessment. This is an important factor when relating our results to the injured worker’s ability to return to work.
The remaining sections of the evaluation may be used to screen for problems with balance, coordination, and fine motor skills, which may impact upon ability to perform specific job tasks.
Abridged PWPE: An abridged PWPE is now available that provides specific job match information in a concise and easy to read format.
Pre-employment Assessments: Worklink's pre-employment assessments are used to assess the applicant's ability to perform the primary physical demands of the job, thus encouraging a more suitable match between the worker's ability and the employer's requirements. Components of the PWPE are used along with other job demands being simulated with regard to bio-mechanical requirements to match the job demand as accurately as possible. This assessment is a valuable tool in injury prevention.