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Physical Capability Exam

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The Physical Capability Exam is a comprehensive testing system to evaluate your employees’ physical abilities, allowing you to make the right decisions about job placement.

The PCE consists of a series of 18 evaluations and formal assessments from five categories:

  1. Basic Strength
  2. Range of Motion
  3. Endurance
  4. Work Activities
  5. Task Lifting

Scores are presented using the Department of Labor work levels, a 1-5 scale which suggests the appropriate level of exertion an employee is capable of with minimal risk of injury.

When an employee is assigned a position rated for a higher work level than they’re capable of, the risk of a costly workplace injury is significantly greater.‘  

Test Duration: 45 Minutes

For those exercises that are weighted, the test subject will be asked to perform three (3) reps of each exercise. The test subject must compete all three (3) reps at the weight interval to move up to the next weight interval. If the test subject cannot complete three (3) reps while maintaining proper technique the last weight interval completed will be documented as the result. For those exercises (squats and sit-ups) that are non-weighted, the test subject will be asked to complete as many reps as he/she can in 20 sec. The number of reps will be recorded as the result. For the pinch and grip measurements, the test will be performed three (3) times each. All three (3) sets will be recorded and will be reported as an average. Range of motion will be measured using an inclinometer and a goniometer, and will be recorded as a baseline measurement.

How PCE Testing Reduced Injuries by Half at a Colorado Egg Farm

Sparboe’s Hudson farm has maintained roughly 90 employees for the past 3 years, yet its average reported injuries per month have reduced to less than half since they began using PCE testing.