5 January 2020 posted by Recovery Partners

What is a pre-employment assessment?

It is used as a baseline health assessment for a worker before entering a role with an employer. The examination assists with risk management and identifies whether a worker is medically suitable in the role in which they are applying.

Why should your organisation use them?

While a pre-employment assessment SHOULD be one of the first factors taken into consideration by every employer, its importance is often underestimated. It can be perceived as a costly option instead of other essential exercises.

However, if ignored, organisations can end up paying much more in compensation payments or losing valuable workplace productivity.

So what are the benefits?
  • A healthy workforce = better workplace productivity: carrying out functional screening or assessments ensures applicants are healthy and able to perform the specific role requirements. This enhances the organisation’s ability to hire candidates with attributes that increase their work effectiveness and align with company values.
  • Risk management: determines whether a potential employee is functioning normally and won’t develop any complications in the course of their employment. This reduces the risk of workers’ compensation payments and lost productivity.
  • Drug and alcohol checks: determining a person’s drug and alcohol problem as early as during the employment process can help you avert problems like lawsuits from the victims’ loved ones and ensure the general safety and well being of others at your organisation.
  • Safeguard the general public’s health: the law dictates that you should not allow applications from people ailing from communicable diseases. However, there’s a thin line between rejecting applicants based on the perpetuation of public safety and discriminating, so caution should be taken.


At Recovery Partners, our team is dedicated to providing accurate, nationwide pre-employment assessments for a range of industries.

Our services are available in multiple locations nationwide. For more information on our services, contact us. 

Our consultants love to have a chat, so go ahead and give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789) or email enquiries@rrp.com.au

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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/