The Federal Uniform Guidelines for
Employee Selection Procedures provides that employment decisions
must be job-related and consistent with business necessity. The
highest level of defensibility is a criterion-related prospective
validation study. Advanced Ergonomics, Inc. is the only company
in America having performed three independent prospective validation
studies on physical ability testing. In 1986, Charles K. Anderson,
Ph.D. CPE, President of Advanced Ergonomics, Inc. headed a two-year
prospective validation study to measure the impact of physical ability
testing on worker performance. The results showed a direct relationship
between the applicants' test scores and their ability to perform
the job. A key result was that those who failed the test battery
had a higher incidence of injuries, more than double that of those
passing. Those who passed the test battery had a higher rated job
performance in areas such as productivity, days lost and turnover.
In 1992, AEI completed a prospective
validation study for the retail industry with similar results. In
1994, another prospective validation study was completed for the
beverage distribution industry.
The Uniform Guidelines go on to provide that the second highest
level of defensibility is a content validation study. Advanced Ergonomics
has conducted over 350 content studies on physical ability testing.
In addition, we have conducted over 100 pre-post injury analyses
documenting the effectiveness of the physical ability testing program.
Typically, workers' compensation injuries for new hires is reduced
by 20-40%, and sometimes much higher, with implementation of the
Today, Advanced Ergonomics, Inc. has
the largest database in the country on physical ability testing,
with over 1500 client locations using our services, and having performed
over 1,000,000 tests.
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