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Pre Employment Exams

The Ashgrove Spinal Centre believes Pre-employment (pre-placement) medicals are integral to your company’s injury prevention plan. When properly implemented, pre-employment medical testing can reduce the incidents and severity of injuries in your workplace; in result, guarding you against major workplace injuries or illnesses and reducing the cost of workers compensation premiums. The potential impact of work-related injuries and the resulting labour replacement costs from mismatched employees and job demands all provide a persuasive case for the use of pre-employment assessments.


Research indicates employees who have completed pre-employment medical tests are more likely to have less incidences of injury, less absences due to injury and lower medical costs resulting from injury. ¹,² A major research study found:

  • There were significant reductions in the frequency and severity of musculoskeletal disorder injuries in the screened employee population.
  • Non-screened applicants were 2.38 times more likely to experience an injury specific to the knees, shoulders and back than screened employees.
  • Those who were not pre-screened attract 4.33 times more costs with claims.³


The main benefits to the EMPLOYER of running a pre-employment medical program are:

  • Improved corporate reputation via proactive management of risks.
  • Potential reduction in the cost of workers’ compensation premiums and reduced sick leave.
  • Improved worker productivity through reduced down time due to injury or illness.

The main benefits of pre-employment testing for the EMPLOYEE include:

  • Identification of health issues they may have been unaware of.
  • The ability to understand the physical requirements of a role before accepting employment.
  • Confidence their employer is proactive and concerned about work place health and safety.

Why choose The Ashgrove Spinal Centre

We understand employers require pre-employment examination results quickly and efficiently, and therefore TASC has a system in place to ensure this occurs. Our Clients Experience:

  • No long waiting times for your applicants!
  • Fast Turnaround with accurate results!
  • Same or very next day reporting!
  • Specifically tailored assessments to your workplace and roles.
  • Professional service that reflects your company image…

TASC will tailor a pre-employment medical exam to suit the requirements of your organisation and address specific physical or health concerns relevant to a given work environment. Medical screening can be incorporated into a pre-employment exam to support your company policy around such things as alcohol and other drugs (Urine analysis / DAS).

Standard Assessment

In most cases, a pre-employment physical includes a written health questionnaire and a series of physical exams designed to test a range of the bodies’ functions and abilities, relevant to work place demands. Pre-employment medical/health screenings may include, but are not limited to:

  • Full musculoskeletal examination including comprehensive range of movement
  • Central nervous system examination
  • Urinalysis for diabetes or kidney / bladder disorders
  • Urine drug screening (instant only)
  • Audiometry (hearing test)
  • Spirometry (lung function test)
  • Vision assessment (including colour blindness)
  • Body mass index
  • Spinal assessment
  • Balance assessment
  • Blood pressure testing
  • Postural tolerance assessment
  • Manual handling evaluation

The following options are available with any level:

  • X-ray of the spine
  • MRI
  • Task specific functional education


  1. Gassoway, J. & Flory, V., 2000, Prework screen: Is it helpful in reducing injuries and costs? Work. 15(2), 101-106.
  2. Nassau, D.W., 1999, The Effects of Prework Functional Screening on Lowering an Employer’s Injury Rate, Medical Costs, and Lost Work Days. Spine. 24 (3), 269-274
  3. Rosenblum, K.E & Shanker, A. 2006, A study of the effects of isokinetic pre-employment physical capability screening in the reduction of musculoskeletal disorders in a labor intensive work environment. Work. 26(2):215 – 28
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