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Functional capacity evaluations

In Standard Bank of South Africa v CCMA & Others, the court found that:

“The employer must enquire into the extent to which the employee is able to perform her work. This is a factual enquiry to establish the effect that her disability has on her performing her work. The employer may require medical or other expert advice to answer this question.”

Functional capacity evaluation

On this basis, the Soma Initiative’s functional capacity evaluation is a comprehensive, objective testing of a worker's ability to carry out on-the-job tasks. It can be used to determine an employee’s ability to return to work or to perform alternative work, and it can also inform reasonable rehabilitation and re-training to enable re-deployment.

Medico-legal occupational therapist evaluations

The occupational therapists of the Soma Initiative are tasked with evaluating, specifying and treating problems that interfere with employee performance and productivity – as well as carrying out medico-legal assessments of work function. They also analyse, plan, create and participate in rehabilitative programmes that help to restore vocational skills.

Job & work site analysis

A job and work site analysis combines a functional capacity evaluation with a work visit – which is often necessary to evaluate the specific demands that are placed on the worker and to ensure reasonable recommendations in terms of adaptations. It is important to note that, where necessary, these analyses can also take the form of home visits.


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