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How to address health and safety risks of positions that require high levels of strength or stamina

by , 11 September 2013
You can't discriminate against someone based on their gender. It's also not automatic that a man will be more suitable for a high-stamina job than a woman. So what's the legal way of dealing with health and safety risks of positions that require high levels of strength or stamina? Read on to find out...

You already know that you must provide and maintain a safe environment for your employees.

But do you know how to address health and safety risks of positions that require high levels of strength or stamina?

Use this plan to deal with health and safety for positions that require stamina

The Health&Safety Advisor recommends you develop a test that exams each individual applying for a job, based on their stamina and strength.

You can perform medical testing based on the inherent requirements of the tasks.

Here are the four requirements for an acceptable test

  1. The test must represent strength and stamina requirements accurately.
  2. The test must be simple to administer
  3. You must use the same test for all employees
  4. You must have comparable results.

Are there any experts who can help you develop your test?

Yes, you can use:

  • A supervisor of the position
  • A biokineticist
    An occupational therapist
  • An occupational health practitioner

Here's what your health and safety management plan must include:

Step #1: Identify the positions in your company that require strength and stamina.

Step #2: Design and implement an appropriate screening test for each position.

Step #3: Screen the best applicant, regardless of gender for suitability to the strength or stamina requirements by putting him or her through the test.

Step #4: If the applicant passes the test, appoint him or her, regardless of gender.

Well there you have it. Using this plan will help ensure you use a fair process to address health and safety risks of positions that require high levels of strength or stamina.

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