ABOUT PHYSICAL DEMANDS ANALYSIS (PDA)

Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) is a method by which trained professionals may identify a job's essential functions and measure those functions' physical demands. 

Essential Functions are the fundamental tasks involved in a job. PDA is a method to measure a job's material handling demands. Material handling is lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling. PDA is a method to measure a job's non-material handling demands as well: sitting, standing, walking, bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, crawling, and climbing.

Why do Physical Demands Analysis? To form the foundation of a Post-Offer Employment Test. PDA allows employers to choose new-hire candidates who are strong enough, mobile enough, and fit enough for the job. PDA provides information to physicians or rehabilitation professionals so that they can set realistic return to work goals and terminate treatment at the appropriate time. PDA is also useful in increasing the employer's awareness of the physical demands involved in the jobs in their business and to assist in developing or modifying safety or ergonomics programs.

Also covered: When should a Physical Demands Analysis be done? Who can perform a Physical Demands Analysis? Where should a Physical Demands Analysis be done and How is a Physical Demands Analysis done?

The time frame for completing the online course is 30 days for each participant. 2 Contact Hours CE.

The Back School is unable to directly evaluate the proficiency of the student's job analysis skills in the field. TBS therefore cannot certify the accuracy of the Essential Functions or the physical demands measurements contained therein. Thus, TBS assumes no liability for the PDA's contents or the purposes for which the submitter or their associates or customers may be utilizing the document.

OBJECTIVES

  • Outline protocols for performing a job analysis.

  • Identify and confirm essential job functions.

  • Relate the elements necessary in an ADA- Compliant Job Analysis Report.

  • Produce a PDA Report.

  • Describe skills for marketing PDA services to employers.

PRE-REQUISITE SKILLS

  • Range of Motion Assessment

  • Ability to use a force gauge

  • Ability to read a tape measure

  • Basic Task Analysis Skills

This seminar will be helpful to any of the following who meet the prerequisites above.
OT's, PT's, CHT's, HR, Athletic Trainers, Industrial Hygienists, Claims Managers, COTA's, PTA's, RN's, Chiropractors, Safety Professionals, Risk Managers

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REFUND POLICY

Refunds are not available for distance learning courses.

Testimonial

"Very well done."

S.A., LPTA, Cped, MBA, Carrollton, GA

Testimonial

"The content, information and format of the course was presented in an easy to view and also to understand way that allowed a sound basis for study and reference. I like how important processes and steps are listed and then explained in detail following an outline."

Z.B., ATC, Raleigh, NC

Ron Porter, Director, PT, CEAS III

Ron Porter, Director, PT, CEAS III

Ronald W. Porter is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, and Ergonomics. 

In the past 35 years, since becoming Director of the Back School, he has instructed over 1000 workshops and seminars on Ergonomics Awareness and Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention to physical and occupational therapists; medical doctors; chiropractors; occupational health nurses; and industrial health and safety professionals. 

Ron has worked with over 300 companies, including Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; US Foods; Mars Incorporated; E.I. Du Pont; DS Waters; Shell Oil; International Paper; WestRock; Arizona Public Service Company; Association of California Water Agencies/Joint Powers Insurance Agency and the United States Navy; consulting on the development and implementation of innovative ergonomics programs for both individual plant sites and entire corporations. 

He was chosen as the 2012 ASSE Ergonomics Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year, one of the 50 Most Influential People in Workers' Compensation by the 2014 SEAK National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference and received a 2016 Presidentís Award presented by the ASSE. 

His recent presentations include: 

The 2007 - 2017 American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conferences - The 2016 Region IV ASSE Professional Development Conference | The 1995 - 2005 and 2011 American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Annual Conferences | The 2010 National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition | SEAK Annual National Workersí Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conferences in 2005 - 2007 and 2013 and a March 2010 national webinar on the Aging Workforce for the ASSE Virtual Classroom. 

His Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his Graduate Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

MODULE 1: THE 5 W'S OF PHYSICAL DEMANDS ANALYSIS

  • The 5 W's of functional baseline testing (FBT)
  • What, why, who, when and where   
  • Employment standards requirement

MODULE 2: THE LEGAL MILIEU

  • Regulations to be aware of and their relevance to PDAs
  • Workers' Compensation, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

MODULE 3: IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS

  • Important definitions
  • Job purpose, essential functions, marginal functions
  • Manual material handling and non-material handling
  • Environmental considerations, cognitive/perceptual considerations, shift considerations
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

MODULE 4: PDA PROCEDURES

  • PDA procedures
  • Supervisor interview
  • Employee observations

MODULE 5: ANALYZING PDA DATA

  • Analyzing PDA data
  • Organizing the data 
  • Dictionary of occupational titles example (DOT)
  • Physical demand characteristics of work 
  • Frequency determinations 

MODULE 6: WRITING THE PDA REPORT

  • Writing the PDA report
  • Example Report- Mill Worker

MODULE 7: HOW TO GET STARTED

  • How to get started
  • Equipment needed to perform a PDA
  • Helpful web links

MODULE 8: MARKETING PDA SERVICES

  • Marketing PDA services to employers
  • Charging for PDAs
  • Bibliography