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, and 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.
Ospat systems involve non-invasive, on-site, performance assessments undertaken at the commencement of each shift.
Individuals are not tested against arbitrary industry or community benchmarks. The result of each personal performance assessment is compared with that persons own assessment history. Results significantly outside the person’s current performance profile indicate that for some reason, the person’s fitness for work may be impaired.
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.
Ospat systems are available from Romteck.