Physical Demands Analysis

Physical Demands Analysis
aving up to date, accurate
Physical Demands Analyses
(PDA) is a critical component of
a good disability management
program. A PDA outlines the
essential job duties and physical
requirements of a job. Ideally, a
Physical Demands Analysis should
be completed for each position
in the workplace. It provides an
overall classification of the job;
How will an accurate PDA benefit my
• Enables medical professionals to accurately assess whether or not
an injured employee is able to return to work.
• Minimizes the time away from work by providing information on
possible modified duties that medical experts may require.
• Forms the basis for appropriate rehabilitation and work hardening
programs, as well as, timely and effective return to work.
• Used for effectively orienting new employees to their workplace.
• Provides an opportunity to analyze a position and identify work
risk factors and ergonomic recommendations.
• Used as a tool in conjunction with a post offer functional screen
to help determine if a prospective worker can safely perform the
physical demands of the job.
description of essential job tasks
and a breakdown of the physical
demands of the job. The analysis
is completed by a skilled clinician
(e.g. Occupational Therapist,
Physical Therapist, Kinesiologist)
who is experienced in movement/
functional analysis and return-towork planning.
A PDA provides:
• A description of primary job duties.
• An outline of physical job requirements including measurements
of weights handled and forces exerted.
• The frequency and duration of physical job demands.
• Overall classification of Job Level (Sedentary, Light, Medium,
Heavy etc.).
• Digital images of specific job tasks or equipment.
• Relevant environmental conditions or personal protective
• A list of equipment and tools used when performing job duties.
• Customized reporting formats that are both comprehensive and
easy to understand.