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Fit for Duties

Ensuring a Safe and Sustained Return to Work

By R. Gagné, EET, CFE, NADEP
| Date: 06/02/2013

The Return-to-Work or Fit-For-Duties Evaluation is a type of assessment designed to identify whether an individual has the physical ability to perform part or all of his or her usual job tasks at some point in time following an injury. The Fit-For-Duties Evaluation is usually performed following a rehabilitation program or work absence, but may also be performed immediately following an injury. Fit-For-Duties Evaluations determine an injured employee’s functional requirements with respect to his or her job-specific, pre-injury job duties, or functional capacity with respect to generic job duties. This same evaluation may also be used as a placement tool in qualifying an individual for modified or transitional duties.

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