Physical Demands Analysis H 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 business? • 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 equipment. • A list of equipment and tools used when performing job duties. • Customized reporting formats that are both comprehensive and easy to understand.
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