Employers rely on fit-for-duty exams (or fit-for-duty tests) to make sure their workers can safely perform specific jobs. These exams are an essential part of workplace safety and safe return to work. Fit-for-duty exams can be performed for employees who are working or who are returning to work after injury.
When fit-for-duty exams are performed for return to work, they’re often called “return-to-work exams.” An employer may want a fit-for-duty exam for an employee who is completing treatment and is ready to return to work after a serious illness or injury. The information captured on a return-to-work application assists employers in understanding if the employee can safely perform their job again, and they can return to work without risking re-injury.