Job Demands Analysis

Job demands analyses (JDAs) are useful tools to for hiring workers into suitable jobs as well as for guiding when an injured worker can make a durable return to work.   JDAs are detailed reports that document the physical, cognitive and psychosocial demands associated with any given job.  The ergonomist spends time shadowing workers as they perform the work, observing, interviewing, documenting the demands, weighing and measuring forces associated with standard tools and equipment used on the job and determining the frequency of all these associated actions in a typical day.  The result is a detailed and comprehensive document that clearly describes the demands of the job.  You will know how often and with what force a worker must reach overhead, how often and for how long may they be exposed to hand/arm vibration on the job, what are the communication demands,  what are the lifting demands for the job and so on.  ErgoRisk includes digital pictures to illustrate some of the most common and most awkward postures associated with each job.

ErgoRisk works with client companies to develop a suitable template to meet the needs of the industry and if you’re not sure what you want, we can offer a few of our own templates as well.   Depending on the complexity of the job, time constraints on the workers and cycle time for the tasks being performed data collection can take anywhere from 1-2 hours to a full day.  If tasks vary across different sites the ergonomist will visit several worksites to get the most accurate picture of the job before preparing the report.

To help healthcare providers who are making decisions regarding a worker’s suitability to return to the job, ErgoRisk has developed a 2 page MD summary which offers a succinct, condensed version of the full JDA.  One page of summarized job demands content gives the provider a quick picture of the job, and 1 page of digital pictures speaks another thousand words. 

Uses of JDAs:

  • An accurate and appropriately used JDA can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful return to work. 
  • A clear JDA is the right tool to guide Functional Capacity Evaluations for injured workers.
  • An up to date catalogue of JDAs can also help guide placement of workers with permanent limitations that may not be able to return to their original job. 
  • Pre-placement screening is also made easier with an accurate picture of the demands of each job.

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