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06 October 2015
In most any industry in North America it is common for employers to use Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) or Job Demands analysis (JDA) documents as part of their occupational health and safety program, and as a registry of physical exertions for job activities. Ultimately, a PDA or JDA can be used to determine the requirements and skills needed from personnel during hiring, identify key actions for jobs, and identify risks posed during various jobs/tasks.
A PDA or JDA is often used to review accidents and injuries to employees. The details of the physical job requirements can help to review specific cases, provide information for disability managers and health care professionals assessing injury and return to work, and identify where modifications to work are possible to allow employees with limitations/injuries to safely return to their jobs.
18 September 2014
Last week, Alberta was treated to an unexpected early snowfall. While we are fortunate that winter conditions have reverted back to a typical, warm, Western Canadian September we were reminded of the coming winter conditions and the impact they have on our work operations. In outdoor construction work and trades-person work in cold winter conditions, there are a number of discomforts and issues that can be aggravated by the cold.
11 April 2014
Construction work is one of the most common and lucrative fields of employment among trades people and labourers. It has been well established that work in this field is associated with ergonomic risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders, and evaluating exposures to various risk factors throughout this work is important.
Although, accurate assessment of exposures can be difficult to gather without proper expertise and skills.