Before starting work some companies require candidates to undertake a pre-employment health assessment. This process ensures that you are fit and able to perform all the tasks required of you, and that you don’t have any pre-existing health issues that could affect your safety, the safety of co-workers, or visitors to the site.
The secondary aim of a pre-employment health assessment is to gauge whether there is a need to make changes or modifications to the workplace to ensure the company meets the needs of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. In addition, the health assessment can provide baseline data for the company about the health of new employees, and also for future assessments
This article on pre employment health screening is written by Jackie Griffiths, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
The Disability Discrimination Act
In 1995 the Government legislated to ensure disabled people had equality of opportunity in a wide range of areas, including employment. Since December 2006 it is a legal requirement for all public sector organisations to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. The act requires employers to make “reasonable adjustments” to the workplace in order to accommodate disabled people. Reasonable adjustments include: