Physical Demands Analysis

Physical Demands Analysis

The PDA provides an objective and measurable description of essential and nonessential physical demands of a specific job. The purpose of a Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) is to provide appropriate documentation of specific skill sets that one needs to safely perform the job. HTPN works closely with employers large and small to assist them in development of these programs. It is important to select the most skilled partner to ensure a successful PDA program. HTPN’s experienced project managers, physical/occupational therapists, and ergonomists work closely with you to insure that we meet your needs in program and timeline development, and implementation.

Skill sets measured:

  • Analytical measures of physical tolerance requirements to perform the essential and marginal job tasks
  • Maximum force requirements
  • Positional tolerance
  • Machinery and tools
  • Environmental factors
  • Cognitive requirements

What are the Benefits?

  • Providing the company with a detailed job description which may assist with hiring applicants able to perform the physical and cognitive requirements of the job and reasonable determination of accommodations for those qualified candidates with a disability.
  • An essential base for a Post Offer Employment Screen to verify that the physical demands are met by the applicant.
  • In the event of an injury, the PDA contains valuable information given to the physician to make thoughtful job restrictions if necessary.
  • When an injured worker is ready to return to work and a physical capacity assessment is required, the PDA works well with the Functional Capacity Evaluation, matching physical requirements of the job to the injured worker’s current abilities.

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