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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

versión On-line ISSN 1989-7790versión impresa ISSN 0465-546X


LEON ROBLES, Caridad et al. Application for a functional capacity estimation instrument on a worker with morbid obesity. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2019, vol.65, n.255, pp.160-172.  Epub 30-Mar-2020. ISSN 1989-7790.


The recommendations on the aptitude assessment of workers with cargo-handling exposure risks mentions that under special sensitivity condition the criterion of technical guide would not be applicable. Therefore, a specific evaluation and profile analysis of the position should be carried out, adjusting the results to the functional capacities of the worker. In order to guide clinicians, we have proposed the use of the Functional Capabilities Form (FCF) of the Treasury Council Secretariat of Canada.


To apply a tool in order to estimate the functional capacity of a worker with Grade 3 overweight for a nursing assistant job in the sterilization service of a Tertiary Hospital.

Material and Methods:

A complete medical examination was carried out, and the analysis of the work position and the aforementioned form was as well completed. The body of data obtained is confronted for the identification of imbalances and risks, and for the final decision.


Significant imbalances were found between the conditions of the worker and the characteristics of the job, as well as a considerable increase in the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. So it was decided to declare the worker unsuitable for the position of nursing assistant in the sterilization service at the present time. Straight away, the pre Anesthesia consultation position was offered, since no negatives were found in the application of the Form in this position. After a re-evaluation a month later, the worker is satisfied and the supervisor of the service tells us that she is performing her job properly.


The Canadian Form for Functional Capabilities Estimation, translated and modified, is an useful tool to guide us on the functional assessment of a sensitive staff for a specific job, as well as on the adaptation proposal to a compatible position.

Palabras clave : obesity; functional abilities; cargo handling.

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