Ridgeway provides customized medical exams for our clients’ entire employee base, or a specific subset of employees. Medical examinations can either be conducted on-site, or at Ridgeway’s clinic in West Mississauga. Circumstances that may call for employee medical examinations include the list below.
Periodic medical exams are a key part of employee health and safety programs, often paired with pre-placement medicals. These exams, which occur annually, biennially, or on a set schedule, consider factors like employee age and time in position. The goal is to monitor changes in employee health, provide health feedback, and identify potential health issues early, ensuring employee health and minimizing workplace accidents and illnesses.
Fitness for Duty/Return-to-Work Exams evaluate an employee’s ability to perform their job and identify any health risks. Employers use these exams to determine if an employee is capable of performing their responsibilities, especially after an illness or injury, job change, or increased risk for injury.
Assessment of Injury or Exposure to Hazard evaluates an injured or exposed employee to determine the extent of their injury or exposure and the best course of action. This may include a physical exam, medical history, and various tests. The results help determine the need for treatment, rehabilitation, or other interventions to prevent further harm and address workplace hazards.
Prior to a respirator fit test, a medical exam can discover contra-indications for respirator use. Examples of common medical conditions that preclude the use of a respirator include heart disease, respiratory disease, mental health disorders, or facial disfigurement.
A pre-placement medical exam* is an assessment that is conducted after an employee has been offered a job but before they begin their employment. The purpose of the pre-placement medical exam is to ensure that the employee is physically capable of performing their assigned role and to establish a baseline for evaluating any future injuries. Additionally, pre-placement medical exams can provide partial protection against potential Worker’s Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims that may arise if a prior disability caused or contributed to a compensable accident.
*Such tests are sometimes referred to as “Pre-Employment” medical exams; however, the use of a health assessment as part of the decision as to whether to make a job offer to a potential employee is typically illegal in Canada.