Industrial Medicine


The Industrial Medicine program serves North Dakota businesses by helping them reduce work injuries and enhance worker productivity.  The program ties worker productivity directly to health fitness issues. 

By helping employers with our Industrial Medicine suite of services, we can lower businesses’ medical expenditures and improve productivity.  Expenditures will decrease due to reduced work injuries, reduced workers compensation premiums, reduced lost work time, and prevention of hiring unqualified personnel.

Industrial Medicine can provide onsite employment and pre-employment testing such as alcohol testing, drug testing, musculoskeletal evaluation and job specific tasks.  Other services include:

  • Medical History
  • Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure
  • Dynamic lifts
  • Client Education in Occupational Health and Safety

The Industrial Medicine program manages employees’ functional health during all stages of employment by utilizing the WorkSTEPS® standardized testing model.

WorkSTEPS® Testing to Match the Right People with the Right Jobs

WorkSTEPS® is a standardized functional work performance test in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Equal Employment Opportunity Anti-Discrimination law. It was developed to create medically safe, legally compliant, scientific, and objective means of matching a worker’s functional capabilities with the essential functions of the job.  WorkSTEPS® appropriately matches employees to the essential functions of their jobs, expedites safe and early return to work and supplies objective date that results in case resolution for disputes workers’ compensation cases.

  • Instruction and assessment of body mechanics for every applicant tested
  • Each candidate who participates in a post-offer test undergoes instruction on safe and proper lifting techniques
  • WorkSTEPS® issues a capable/non-capable report on each applicant
  • Test results are delivered to the employer within 8 hours of completion of the test; most of the time within minutes of completion
  • Administered by professionals who have received intensive training by certified clinicians

Employers utilizing workSTEPS® in their prevention and work injury management program experienced average work injury reductions for 50% during the first year of implementation and continued reductions in the second and third years.  Employers can expect increased worker productivity, decreased turnover and diminished incidences of fraud and abuse.

Employers interested in partnering with CHI St. Joseph's Health in Dickinson to build an Industrial Medicine Program to meet their business's needs may call the Rehabilitation Department at 701.456.4387 to get started.