Work Zone Encore Industrial Rehab

#EncoreRehab at CMSA Birmingham, Alabama

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc was represented well today at the CMSA Birmingham Conference today by Occupational Therapist Chris Lynch and Director of Industrial Relations John Henderson.

We can help your company or organization with injury prevention, safety and workplace wellness!

Contact Chris Lynch at 205-354-2442 for more info!


Happy National Occupational Therapy Month to Occupational Therapist Chris Lynch with Encore Rehabilitation-Vestavia!

Ergonomic Training at Shwinco with Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Encore Rehabilitation participates in Wellness Training at UPS-Dothan

#EncoreRehab Regional Director Jeremy Boswell at the recent Wellness Training at UPS-Dothan

Encore Rehabilitation was proud to be a participant in the recent Wellness Training at UPS-Dothan. It is our privilege to provide education to those that serve such a vital role in our community!  

Shown here with Encore Rehabilitation Regional Director Jeremy Boswell are Toby Shiver, Badrig Palanjian, and Remington Fowler.

Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan
345 Healthwest Drive
Dothan, Alabama 36303
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Landon Rainey is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Post Offer Evaluation Test (POET) – An Invaluable Tool*

Ergonomic Training at Shwinco with Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

ASIA-Alabama Self Insured Association Winter Conference and Encore Rehabilitation, Inc.

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. was proud to be a part of the ASIA-Alabama Self Insured Association Winter Conference at the Hyatt-Winfrey in Birmingham. Shown here are Encore representatives Chris Lynch, Sharon Smelser, and John Henderson.

For more information about Encore Rehabilitation’s Industrial Rehabilitation programs, call us at 256-350-1764 ext 2212. For over 40 years, Encore has provided high-quality rehabilitation to individuals and organizations across Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee. We LOVE to see you move!

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. Corporate Office
251 Johnston Street, Suite 200
Decatur, Alabama 35601
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Dr James Robinson and Encore Rehabilitation President Paul Henderson

Encore Rehabilitation and the 2020 ASIA Winter Conference, Montgomery, Alabama

Post Offer Evaluation Test (POET) – An Invaluable Tool*

Ms Tripp is happy at Encore Rehabilitation-Arab!

Post Offer Evaluation Test (POET) – An Invaluable Tool*

Encore Rehabilitation Work Zone is ready to help you with Post Offer Evaluation Test plus a whole range of services! Call us for more info!

Post Offer Evaluation Test – An Invaluable Tool *
presented by Chris Lynch, MS, OT, CSCS;
Sidney Scarborough, MBA, PT; and Elisabeth Bernier, PTA

The Cost of Work-Related, Preventable Injuries

  • The National Safety Council estimates the cost incurred from work-related injuries in 2019 was $171 billion. 
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there were approximately 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries in 2017.  This included wage and production losses of $53.9 billion, medical expenses of $35.5 billion, and administrative expenses of $59.7 billion.

With the expense of work-related preventable injuries on the rise, employers are looking for ways to prevent such injuries. One way to reduce the occurrence of these injuries is through the use of a Physical Demand Screen or Post Offer Evaluation Test.

What is a POET and how can this test can help?

The key purpose of a Physical Demand Screen or Post Offer Evaluation Test (POET) is to ensure an employer that an appropriate candidate for the job is being hired.  By testing the applicant against each critical job demand, the employer receives objective data showing that the applicant can do the job safely.   POETs are also helpful in identifying previous injuries that may place an employee at risk and preventing the company from being liable for injuries that occurred prior to employment.

Specific physical demands tested include but are not limited to: lifting, carrying, pushing/pulling, coordination, sustained or repetitive postures, squatting, kneeling, bending, climbing, etc. In addition, baseline musculoskeletal screens determine the range of motion and strength of the employee.

A large manufacturing company utilizing a post offer screen has seen an 80% reduction in the number of work-related injuries with the implementation of ergonomic screens and, where appropriate, job rotations. Reductions in injuries lead to savings, increased productivity, and better job satisfaction.

When and where to perform a POET?

A POET can only be completed following a conditional job offer and not in the interview or pre-employment process.  An employer has the right to be specific in which jobs to test, enabling the employer to test where on-the-job injuries occur most frequently. During the hiring process, companies must adhere to the guidelines established by the ADA and EEOC. 

Is testing required company wide?

Testing does not have to be required company wide.  However, testing must be done for every employee seeking to fill a certain position or job title.  For example, a nursing home may complete POET testing on all the nursing assistant job positions but opt not to test dietary job positions. This enables the company to pinpoint where testing is most cost effective.

Use of POET as a Fit for Duty test

The POET or Physical Demand Screen can also be used as a “Fit for Duty” test prior to an employee returning to work after a non-work-related injury.  This will ensure the employee can safely perform his/her job and assist in making reasonable accommodations if necessary.

Encore Work Zone Team Members are experts in the field, preventing and reducing injuries

The Encore Work Zone Team is ready to help you create the safest work environment, hire the most qualified employees, and create a culture of health and wellness for all of your employees through the following services:

  • Ergonomic Job Site Analysis
  • Functional Job Descriptions
  • Post Offer Conditional Pre-Placement Screenings (POETs)
  • Fit For Duty Evaluations
  • Injury Prevention Programs
  • Acute Rehab/Early Injury Intervention
  • Onsite Rehab/First Aid Screenings
  • Work Conditioning/Job Simulations
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)

Contact Encore Work Zone today to schedule POETs and other industrial rehab services! Our Encore Work Zone team has 350+ years of experience in the industrial market and is ready to help create a stronger, safer work force. To get started with services, contact Industrial Rehabilitation Coordinator Elisabeth Bernier at 205-447-7234 or  To see a complete list of Encore Rehabilitation outpatient therapy clinics, visit .      


About the Authors

Chris Lynch is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach with Encore Rehabilitation-Vestavia. With over 30 years of experience of Industrial and Workers’ Compensation Rehab, he is a proven leader! He provides Encore Work Zone Industrial Rehabilitation Services in Bessemer, Clanton, Hayden, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, and Vestavia, Alabama, as well as travels to other locations. 

Sidney Scarborough is a Physical Therapist with Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. with almost 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry both as a clinician and an administrator. Sidney provides Industrial Rehab Services in Mobile-Baldwin County, Alabama and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He is a Regional Vice President-Business Development with Encore.

Elisabeth Bernier is the Encore Work Zone Industrial Rehabilitation Coordinator. She has been a Physical Therapist Assistant for over 25 years. She also serves as the Encore Rehabilitation Regional Rehab Director for the greater Birmingham area.­­

*The National Safety Council website has been referenced in the creation this article. To visit their website, go to

Encore Rehabilitation is a proven leader in the Industrial Rehabilitation field!

Mr. Wyman makes great recovery from a work injury with rehab at Encore Rehabilitation-Long Beach

Encore Rehabilitation and the 2020 ASIA Winter Conference, Montgomery, Alabama

Dr James Robinson and Encore Rehabilitation President Paul Henderson

Encore Rehabilitation Co-Owner Paige Plash, PT, wishes a Happy National Athletic Trainer Month