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Physical Demands Analysis (PDA)

Physical Demands Analysis (PDA)

A Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) is a document that outlines all the essential job tasks, and the physical demand requirements, to perform a specific job position. All PDAs and evaluation protocols are completed by a professionally regulated clinician (physiotherapist, occupational therapist or kinesiologist) skilled in injury prevention, job analysis, and return to work planning.

What Does It Include?

  • An overall description of the job position (i.e. objectives/responsibilities, typical shift length/cycle, breaks etc.)
  • A breakdown of each physical job task including manual handling and positional requirements
  • Information about the equipment and/or tools required when performing job duties
  • The frequency and duration of each specific job task
  • Objective measurements of weights, distances, heights, and forces associated with each job task
  • A customized, easy to read chart of all physical job demands
  • Digital images of specific job tasks and equipment/tools used
  • A description of environmental conditions and personal protective equipment

Who Completes The PDA? 

  • The analysis is always completed by a qualified evaluator (physiotherapist, occupational therapist, or kinesiologist) who is skilled in functional movement and job analysis
  • The evaluator will analyze the job by discussing the tasks with a representative familiar with the job, observing the job in action, and gathering objective measurements
  • The PDA is not finalized until it is verified by the employer representative

What Are The Benefits Of A PDA?

  • It is customized to specific job positions and reflects the needs of your business
  • It sets a benchmark to understand the level of physical capability needed to complete the job effectively
  • It is used for effectively orienting new employees to a position
  • If an employee is injured, it can minimize the time away from work by providing medical/insurance experts information on job demands, and possible modified duties
  • It provides an opportunity to analyze a position, identify risk factors and determine if job tasks, or workplace environment modifications, are necessary
  • It can be used to develop a post-offer employment fitness test to confirm if a worker is physically capable of completing the job safely

Contact us today to find out how we can help you, or to arrange for physical demands analysis.

Physical Demands Analysis (PDA)

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