Introducing WebPAT ReMote

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 30, 2020 8:45:13 AM / by Deborah Lechner

Yes, this COVID-19 pandemic is frightening. And yes, we should restrict our activities to only those that are essential.  

And as we think about what’s essential, of course fueling up our vehicles, purchasing supplies at drug stores and buying necessary food and beverages from the grocery stores come to mind…but do we stop and think about how those fuels, grocery and drug stores get their supplies? 

Only through transportation of all sorts, especially trucking and warehousing do supplies get distributed first to the stores and then to us. 

And in order for that to happen, truckers have to get behind the wheels of their trucks and “take to the road.”  Warehouse workers have to keep receiving goods and selecting orders for distribution.   All of these frontline workers have to risk their safety to keep the supply chain running and to get the essential food, fuel, and medical supplies to us.  We all depend on this supply chain for the staples that enable our basic survival. 

These supply chain industries – trucking companies and warehouses - are experiencing unprecedented surges in hiring. But are the folks being hired physically capable of doing the job?  Can they do the repetitive lifting, pushing, pulling that these jobs require.  Can they get into the required awkward positions?  Do they have enough balance to prevent themselves from falling as they climb on and off of trucks and equipment?

If employers don’t know the answers to those questions, they are hiring injuries waiting to happen.  Not only will they be picking up an average of $30K for every lost time injury they buy, but all that effort spent in recruiting, hiring and onboarding that person (often thousands of dollars) are wasted and production is slowed. And what happens to the seriously injured worker?  Will the health care system have the capacity to treat them during the crisis?  Maybe not.  And even the capacity for treatment is there, will injured employees want to expose themselves to the virus in order to seek treatment at this time? Almost certainly not.  

Pre-hire/post-offer Physical Abilities Testing (PAT) changes the game.  With PAT, applicants are tested on the most difficult aspects of the job. If they pass the test, they’re hired.  If they fail, the offer is rescinded or they’re placed in to a less physically demanding job. A few minutes of testing can save months and sometimes years of expense for the employer and agony for the employee.

ErgoScience has a long track record with the supply chain companies – especially warehousing and trucking.  We understand these industries and what these jobs require.  We know the pace at which these employees work.  ErgoScience is a nimble organization.  If you’re not using PATs now, we can get you testing quickly.  If you’re already delivering PAT and need to expand, we can help you with that as well. 

And ErgoScience understands that in times like these, expedient testing is paramount.  That’s why we have developed WebPAT ReMoteTM.  Instead of sending your applicants to an offsite clinic, ErgoScience’s WebPAT ReMoteTM allows you to test onsite using a video-enabled device.  ErgoScience’s expert evaluators are remotely connected to your onsite testing area and give you immediate pass/fail determinations.  The whole thing takes about 10 minutes with almost no effort on the part of the employers’ talent acquisition team.    

Even though ErgoScience has simplified the process, that doesn’t mean there are not compliance and legal considerations associated with Physical Abilities Testing.  You want to make sure you’re working with a vendor who understands the ADA and EEOC compliance issues related to pre-hire testing.  And this another area where ErgoScience excels.  We are the only testing provider whose protocols were developed and validated through university-based research.  Test validation is extremely important for EEOC and ADA compliance.  While most vendors have either no or only the weakest form of validation, ErgoScience’s validation excels.  

Don’t assume that selective hiring is unattainable during the COVID-19 crisis. Don’t sacrifice hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, in workers comp costs because you failed to be selective.  Contact ErgoScience to find out the best method of PAT implementation for your organization. 

Topics: Pre Employment Screening, Legal Issues, Injury Prevention, Physical Abilities Tests, WebPAT

Deborah Lechner

Written by Deborah Lechner

Deborah Lechner, ErgoScience President, combines an extensive research background with 25-plus years of clinical experience. Under her leadership, ErgoScience continues to use the science of work to improve workplace safety, productivity and profitability.