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Understanding KINNECT's Medical Clearance Process for Pre-Employment Assessments
Understanding KINNECT's Medical Clearance Process for Pre-Employment Assessments
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At KINNECT, we are committed to ensuring the safety and health of all candidates undergoing pre-employment assessments. As a leading provider of occupational health and workplace rehabilitation services in Australia, it is our duty to implement a thorough medical clearance process. This process not only protects candidates from potential harm during the assessment but also ensures any significant health risks are appropriately managed.

Why Medical Clearance is Important

During pre-employment assessments, it is crucial to identify any health conditions that might be exacerbated by the tasks the candidate will perform in their role. The medical clearance process ensures that any significant health issues, particularly those that could be dangerous during physical tests, are identified and managed effectively. This not only safeguards the candidate’s health but also supports employers by verifying that potential employees are medically fit for their roles.

KINNECT's Medical Clearance Procedure

Our procedure includes several critical steps to ensure comprehensive care and safety:

1. Initial Health Screening

All candidates must undergo an initial screening which includes checks on blood pressure, heart rate, and a review for any musculoskeletal injuries or recent surgeries. The thresholds we look out for include:

  • Systolic blood pressure above 160mmHg

  • Diastolic blood pressure above 100mmHg

  • Resting heart rate above 100 beats per minute

  • Current injury or recent surgery that may be aggravated during the assessment

Should these parameters be exceeded, or if there are concerns about recent injuries or surgeries, the assessment will be paused, and immediate steps will be taken.

2. Notification and Communication

If an assessment is halted due to high blood pressure or heart rate, KINNECT promptly notifies the candidate and provides a detailed medical clearance letter. This letter explains the reasons for cessation, records the measurements taken, and outlines the next steps the candidate needs to take, including consultation with their treating physician.

3. Review and Rescheduling

Once the candidate provides a report from their physician, our Chief Medical Officer reviews the information. If the medical evaluation confirms the candidate's suitability to proceed, we reschedule the assessment. The rescheduling is contingent on achieving a treated 5-year cardiac risk score of less than 10% and maintaining blood pressure within safe limits, as per the National Heart Foundation Guidelines.

4. Follow-up Assessment

Upon return, candidates undergo a standard health review to ensure they meet the safety criteria to continue with the assessment. This includes verifying that the blood pressure and heart rate are within safe ranges.

Continual Monitoring and Adjustment

If a candidate’s measurements remain a concern, KINNECT issues a duty of care letter to the candidate’s physician. This step is crucial as it helps to adjust the candidate's medical management plan if necessary, ensuring their long-term health and safety at work.

How This Benefits You

For employers, understanding our medical clearance process helps ensure that you are hiring candidates who are not only fit for the role but are also capable of performing their duties safely. For candidates, this process provides the assurance that their health and safety are prioritised, fostering a trustworthy environment from the outset.

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