Benefits of an FFE Program

Benefits of an FFE Program

An FFE program is a strategy for avoiding the risks associated with workplace injuries. These injuries can have both obvious and subtle impacts on productivity. There are three primary reasons to set up a functional fitness evaluation program:

  1. Safety
    Research shows that FFEs can reduce employee injuries. In recent studies(1) of newly implemented functional fitness screenings programs:
    • Injuries were half as likely.
    • Musculoskeletal injuries were reduced by 42%.
    • Days lost due to injury decreased by 90%.
    • Worker retention increased by 21%.
  2. Financial Return
    Research shows that FFEs can lead to outcomes that are both positive and valuable. In a recent study of newly implemented FFEs:
    • Cost per claim were four to seven times lower.
    • Employers received an estimated indirect return of $6 for every $1 spent.
    • Employers received a direct cost benefit ranging from $3 to $18 for every $1 spent.
  3. Compliance
    Functional fitness is fast becoming standard for site access in some industries. Beyond having safety and financial benefits, a functional fitness screening program may soon be necessary to achieve compliance with requirements in some circumstances.


(1)Littleton, M. 2003. Cost-effectiveness of a prework screening program for the University of Illinois at Chicago physical plant. Work 21(3):243-250.

Rosenblum, K. E., & Shankar, A. 2006. A study of the effects of isokinetic pre-employment physical capability screening in the reduction of musculoskeletal disorders in a labor intensive work environment. Work 26(2):215-28.

Harbin, G., & Olson, J. 2005. Post-offer, pre-placement testing in industry. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 47:296-307.

Anderson, C., & Briggs, J. 2008. A study on the effectiveness of ergonomically-based functional screening tests and their relationship to reducing workers’ compensation injuries. Work 31(1):27-37

Klein, D., & Schmidt, K. 2009. Implementing pre-work screening at The Schwan Food Company: Quality, consistency and results.