[IPAC-List] Weight limits during testing for safety reason

Joel Wiesen jwiesen at appliedpersonnelresearch.com
Mon Mar 31 17:01:48 EDT 2014

This EEOC site might be relevant:

It says, in part:

MYTH: The ADA protects people who are overweight.

FACT: Just being overweight is not enough. Modifications in policies
only must be made if they are _reasonable_ and do not fundamentally
alter the nature of the program or service provided. The Department has
received only a handful of complaints about obesity.

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Joel P. Wiesen, Ph.D., Director
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On 3/31/14 4:52 PM, Jim Kuthy wrote:

> We have a client that is using a content-valid physical ability test

> that requires candidates to climb up and down a ladder, similar to how

> ladders are climbed on the job. The ladders the employer uses on the job

> have a maximum safety-weight limit of 300 pounds. They wish to use the

> same type of ladder during testing. Please note that it would not be

> reasonable for the company to replace the ladders they are currently

> using on the job since they would have to replace quite a few of them

> (many dozens) and since the heavier-rated ladders are more difficult for

> employees to transport and/or carry, thereby potentially limiting their

> usefulness on the job.


> Can someone please provide insight about how to handle a situation if

> someone who weighs more than 300 pounds wishes to take the

> content-related test?


> Also, if the client can limit those who will be tested to 300 pounds or

> less, how would the client announce a maximum weight of candidates who

> can be tested?


> Thank you in advance for your insight!




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