Can NFPA 1582 be legally used to medically eliminate a candidate from a fire recruit process? If so, does that person have the legal right to know which specific standard was used to eliminate them?
I would think that it could be if the hiring body had officially adopted it as part of their program for hiring and/or continual health safety? It might be harder if it was not previously adopted in part of whole as the candidates lawyer could argue that its use was arbitrary unless the FD or City followed all NFPA standards, which is highly unlikely. NFPA 1582 is light years ahead of many places arbitrary medical screening/hiring rules.
As for letting them know what part they failed? I would think they have the right more than the FD has the right. If the FD physician or other contracted doctor conducts the screening, they likely can only give the FD a thumbs up or thumbs down? I know our annual medical fitness for duty screening will only tell the department "Fit for Duty" or "Not Fit". Typically "Not Fit" then comes with a follow-up appointment and possibly the member needing to have their own physician "sign-off".
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