Job & Physical Demands Analyses
JDAs and PDAs are used to:
- Create a functional job description;
- Identify potential ergonomic stressors;
- Provide information to assist in modified duty for injured workers returning to work;
- Provide the basis for developing a pre-work screen (to determine if a new hire is physically capable of performing the job;
- Determine reasonable accommodation for disabled employees; and
- Identify need for education fitness and conditioning programs.
A Wellness Institute occupational therapist will travel to the worksite to assess the physical demands of a job. This includes specific measurements of all forces required to move objects and use tools, as well as the positional demands such as standing, kneeling etc.
This information is helpful when setting up a work simulation program and is essential if job match information is required in an FCE report. PDAs are often used by employers to assist with job placement when an employee is returning to work from injury or illness.