WorkWell’s Prework Screening (PWS) is designed to determine a job applicant’s ability to safely perform the functional requirements of a specific job. Based on validated, functional job descriptions to ensure job relatedness, PWS enables an employer and potential employees to identify potential mismatches between physical job requirements and physical capabilities of a prospective worker (or fitness for duty when considering return to work/WorkFIT testing). Compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Canadian Human Rights’ legislation, the WW PWS/WorkFIT screens are based on the worker’s capability to perform specific job functions. It allows the employer to make hiring and return to work decisions in a legal, fair and non‐discriminatory way.
In this 1-day training, providers learn to develop job specific screens which can be used during the applicant hiring process (PWS), for transferring employees from one job to another, or determination of an injured employee’s ability to return to work following an acute injury or illness (WorkFIT). In addition to learning elements of test item selection, cut point determination, test development and screen validation, this program also includes case examples, resource materials, and a review of administrative considerations including ADA/EEOC regulatory considerations of functional screens.
Intended Audience: Licensed professionals ‐ Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Athletic Trainer. Certified/Registered Kinesiologist, Exercise Physiologist or Case Manager. Consideration of other health/safety personnel based on space and background.
Program Level (AOTA): Introductory, Intermediate
AOTA Classification Category: 2 – Occupational Therapy Process
Prerequisites: Participants are encouraged to have a working knowledge of job analysis/job descriptions and to read selected materials in the WorkWell PWS Clinic Manual prior to attending the training (there is not a test upon entry to the training). Individuals must be from sites with a WorkWell licensing agreement.
Delivery: Live, In-Person
Student Ratio: 10:1
General Teaching Method Overview: Lecture, discussion, group activities
Informed Consent: No
Duration: 1 day, 6 contact hours
Completion Requirements: Attend all course sessions, class participation/engagement in learning activities including group activities