Written by J. Sundberg
Just one workers’ compensation claim has the potential to throw your thriving business into chaos. Lost productivity, medical bills and stiff fines from OSHA are just a few consequences to consider. To protect your company, you’ll need to prevent workers’ compensation injuries—by properly screening new hires.
Screen New Hires
The principle behind pre-placement screening is simple: Spend a small amount of money today to avoid an injury weeks, months or even years from now.
You can’t prevent every injury, but plenty of companies have used this tactic to measurably cut down on workers’ compensation claims. Read how a Colorado egg farm reduced its injury rate by half in just two years by screening new hires with a Physical Capability Exam.
Cost-Effective Ways to Screen New Hires
Drug and Alcohol Screening
Drug or alcohol abuse can greatly increase the chance of a workplace injury. A study of the economic impact of substance abuse found that workers with a drug or alcohol problem are 270% more likely to have an accident.
If you want to start being proactive about screening new hires, Drug and Alcohol Testing is the most affordable place to start. And reducing injuries is not the only reason 56% of US employers use pre-employment drug testing: Other benefits include less absenteeism, fewer mistakes and less employee problems with supervisors.
Physical Capability Exams
Your new employee seems perfect for the job—but two weeks in, they throw out their back lifting a heavy object. Not only do you have a workers’ compensation claim, you also need to find a replacement for that position. It happens all the time.
The Physical Capability Exam (PCE) was designed to determine if your new hire has the strength, endurance and range of motion to do their job with a low chance of injury. The comprehensive, 45-minute exam includes 18 different evaluations—and it’s been measurably proven to reduce workplace injuries for some employers.
Pre-Employment Physical exams are a highly customizable way to find your employees’ baseline health condition. This can include vital signs, vision testing, range of motion, a hernia exam, back exam and more.
It’s a less physically demanding way to determine if your new hire is fit for the job, and it can provide documentation of the employee’s existing conditions—which may protect your company when a workers’ compensation claim is made. The exam also gives your new hire the opportunity to self-reflect and decide if they feel healthy enough to do the job.
Commercial drivers with a CDL license must perform regular drug testing and medical examinations to maintain their certification. These exams, referred to as DOT Physicals, don’t just help to cut down on injuries and record existing conditions—they’re also lawfully required. If your company employs drivers that need a CDL license, be sure to keep up with their renewal or you could face harsh legal penalties.
Which New Hire Screening Methods are Right for My Company?
Screening new hires is a highly effective method for mitigating workplace injuries, especially when paired with a solid workplace safety plan and the right protective equipment.
Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine has Occupational Medicine Experts that can help you determine the most cost-effective pre-employment screening strategies and avoid workers’ compensation claims.