The pressure of contemporary society and the growing complexity of employee legislation increases responsibilities on organisations to provide safe and healthy work environments, and on employees to maintain satisfactory levels of fitness for employment.
In the interests of safety, organisations are turning to the testing of employees at regular or random intervals to minimise the risk of avoidable accidents resulting from impaired performance.
No single test can identify all the likely causes of impairment. Some are specifically directed at identifying previous substance abuse, but such tests are often invasive, frequently inconclusive, are usually too expensive to be regularly applied and generally provide no indication of current fitness for work.
As human capabilities can be affected by a range of factors including fatigue, stress, illness, medication as well as drug and alcohol abuse, there is growing interest in non-judgemental performance related testing to determine fitness for work.
Performance testing is based on information processing and reaction tasks.
OSPAT (Occupational Safety Performance Assessment Technology)
OSPAT is the first checkpoint for employees at the commencement of their working shift and is combined with a company’s occupational health and safety system that can also be integrated with security access systems.
Specifically, a 60 second OSPAT test is undertaken by every employee each day as they commence work.
OSPAT assessments identify significant variations between an individual’s current assessment and their historical profile. Results are relayed in real time to the individual concerned and the supervisor(s) having an irrevocable duty-of-care for safety in the work place. Results are also recorded in a comprehensive database usually administered by occupational health and safety managers.
In addition to being non-invasive and non-judgemental, OSPAT provides maximum privacy of each person’s assessment data.
Responsible employers do not endeavour to police the social behaviours of employees. Their preference is to encourage a healthy lifestyle by education and to provide support through employee assistance programs, if required.
Ospat assessments – safety insurance every time you work.