Fitness For Duty Evaluation
Fitness For Duty Evaluation

Fitness For Duty Evaluation

[intense_content_box icon=”arrow-right” size=”2″ position=”topleft” animation=”bounce” border_radius=”20px”]The Independent Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Examination is performed to obtain unbiased Psychological information concerning the ability of an employee to safely and effectively perform the essential functions of their job. The purpose of a FFDE is to protect the individual, their coworkers, and the community at large.[/intense_content_box]

It is imperative that employers, EAPs, agencies and licensing boards take reasonable steps to maintain a safe environment, protect the community, the index individual as well as co-workers from the possible devastating impact of individuals in the workplace who may suffer from psychological difficulties that may be potential dangerous. Employers and EAP professionals can safeguard the workplace with Psychological Fitness for Duty Evaluations (FFDE) and Psychological Risk Assessments. A FFDE is requested to evaluate and determine if an individual’s behavior poses a potential threat to the work environment or community at large. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) requires employers to provide a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious harm. FFDEs provide an avenue for agencies to comply with OSHA.


The Independent Fitness For Duty Evaluation (FFDE) is requested at the employer’s discretion and is permitted because of the employer’s responsibility to maintain a safe workplace. The Psychological Fitness for Duty/Violence Risk Assessment is performed primarily to help employers make managerial decisions, based in part on an individual’s psychological status. The central purpose of an FFDE is to determine whether the individual is able to safely and effectively perform his or her essential job functions.” The objective of an FFDE is to provide the client with an assessment of the evaluee’s fitness-for-duty, including the degree of dangerousness that may be present. The Psychological examiner’s objective is to help the employer maintain a safe workplace in a process that is fair to the individual being evaluated.

The individual is the evaluee. A third party, the client, is the entity that is requesting the FFDE for the individual. The client in an FFDE is usually an employer or a professional licensing board. An independent physician who is not involved in the examinee’s medical care performs the FFDE. The sole purpose of the FFDE is to provide the client with the examiner’s unbiased Psychological  opinion concerning the evaluee’s ability to safely and effectively perform their essential job functions. The purpose is not to provide Psychological care to the evaluee. The client may use the resulting Psychological opinion as information in administrative proceedings concerning an employee’s ability to work or provide services to the community at large. The examining Psychological  owes an ethical duty to both parties, the client as well as the evaluee, to be fair, objective, accurate and impartial, as well as to honor the parties’ respective legal rights and interests.

The FFD evaluation is used to assess a person’s ability to safely and effectively work in the presence of problems such as depression and anxiety, as well as conflicts with co-workers. Employers and EAPs request Risk Assessments when an individual, because of psychological difficulties, might present a risk of self-harm or danger to others.

An FFDE can be triggered by a perceived threat in the workplace or by a reasonable suspicion that the individual has a psychological problem that might affect his work performance.

A Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation is warranted in the following situations:

  1. Applicants with known or suspected history of Psychological disorder.
  2. Employees returning to work after an episode of emotional illness or substance abuse.
  3. Employee’s demonstrating potential threats to workplace safety and productivity.
  4. Safety-sensitive occupations.
  5. Situations when an employee is demonstrating behavioral problems on the job: alcohol or substance abuse, family or relationship issues, Psychological trauma, maladaptive personality traits, or stress-related symptoms which are affecting the ability to perform the job in a safe and effective manner.
  6. Employees referred to the EAP or Human Resources by management for evaluation of performance decrements, chronic absence, abrupt indebtedness, unusual behavior, inappropriate or threatening behavior.
  7. Situations when risk assessments are needed in order to ascertain the reliability, trustworthiness and mental stability of employees or prospective employees in the hiring process.
  8. Individuals being evaluated for high stress or high-risk jobs.

The completed FFDE synthesizes and integrates the information obtained from all available sources. The purpose of a FFDE is to provide a professional Psychological opinion concerning the diagnosis, etiology and presence or absence of functional limitations in the evaluee. It concludes with an opinion of whether the evaluee is able to safely and effectively perform the essential functions of their job. The FFDE report should be comprehensive and address the client’s specific referral questions in clear language understandable to the non-mental health professional using the available data to substantiate the logical conclusions in a fair, accurate, and legally defensible manner.

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More About ...... Dr. Banafsheh Pezeshk, Psy.D. , QME

Dr. Banafsheh Pezeshk is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Med-Legal Psychology Evaluator specializing in disability evaluations, medical evaluations, Fit For Duty evaluations, treating traumas, addiction, mood disorders, and other mental health conditions and concerns.

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