Quick Test™ is not diagnostic, it provides percentile results for memory, attention, and motor speed that are determined from the age referenced normative data set. This allows non-medical Persons at the Employer location to complete the Quick Test™ assessment with the Worker and view the results.
Quick Test™ assesses the brain to determine the cognitive function status of a Worker related to all possible combinations of factors that could be causing cognitive function impairment. As an example, if a Worker used an over the counter cold medication prior to work, the Worker was up all night with their sick child, and the Worker is struggling with financial issues, these combined factors may be significantly impacting the Worker’s cognitive function status and the Worker should not be performing safety sensitive duties if they have a suboptimal cognitive function result in Quick Test™.
Supervisors understand that each Worker needs to work productively to fulfill both the Worker’s obligations and the Employer’s obligations. It is difficult at times for a Supervisor to subjectively remove a Worker from the work area for suspected Worker impairment due to the Supervisor’s empathy for a Worker’s unique situation, the Employer’s obligations for the continued delivery of products and/or services to their Clients, and the fear of Worker reprisal against the Supervisor if the Worker is not currently suffering from some form of cognitive function impairment in the work area.
Quick Test™ is an objective cognitive function assessment that is completed by the Worker. A Supervisor that suspects Worker impairment should remove the Worker from the work area, have a first aider quickly assess and treat the Worker for any life threatening conditions, if no life threatening conditions are present the Worker completes a Quick Test™ assessment to determine the Worker’s “in the moment” cognitive function status. If the Worker has a suboptimal cognitive function result in Quick Test™, this will objectively support the Supervisor’s decision to remove the Worker from the performance of safety-sensitive duties or other duties as required by the Employer’s policies.
The ability for the Employer to assess the Worker in the work area can potentially reduce lost production time that is normally required to transport a Worker to a facility for drug and/or alcohol testing or other assessment. An Employer Drug and Alcohol Policy could be updated to state that a sub-optimal cognitive function result in Quick Test™ is supporting evidence to initiate reasonable suspicion drug and/or alcohol testing.