The objective of the Pre-employment FAE is to create a safe work environment for the worker taking into considerations his or her physical abilities and how they match up with the task at hand. The following criteria are used to develop a specific protocol unique to the job.
The creation and documentation of all aspects of the job in question. This forms the basis for data comparison. The assessment must include required elements of strength, range of motion, upper and lower body and manual dexterity, endurance and environmental tolerance.
Design a test that is relational to the Essential Function Analysis. Each test that composes a protocol must arise from specific information pertaining to the bona fide job requirements. There are six commonly accepted principles that relate to all evaluation processes:
- Safety – The test should take place in a controlled environment and be expected not to cause harm or lead to injury.
- Standardization – The process must be arranged in such a manner that reproduction of the protocol is possible.
- Reliability – The results should be dependable across assessors, individuals, and the date or time of test administration. The inter/intra coefficient of variance must be acceptable.
- Validity – The interpretation of the testing results must be relational to a comparison of current individual abilities and job critical demands.
- Practicality – The economic value of the process must be in line with the resulted benefit. However, cost-effectiveness is measured in both short and long-term benefits.
- Utility – The multi-disciplinary application of the results and degree to which the information obtained meets requirements of the evaluee, company and payer.