After you’ve been offered a job with essential physical requirements, you may be asked to complete a pre-placement test or Human Performance Evaluation (HPE). The HPE is customized to the specific responsibilities of the job and only screens for skills that are needed on a regular basis. The intention is to protect you from potentially getting injured on the job.
In an HPE, you may be asked to perform different tasks related to skills that are critical for success on the job, such as lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling. If you’re injured on the job, your employer might require an HPE as a return-to-work assessment to ensure that it’s safe for you to resume full functions of the job. This assurance will help reduce the risk of re-injury and keep you safe on the job.