PDA is a breakdown of every task performed for each position, the time spent on each task, and every fitness related hazard associated with that task. PDAs help to fairly and accurately determine the physical requirement needed for a worker to safely perform specific tasks. These assessments help employers assign the right resource to the right job and reduce the time needed to safely return an injured worker back to work. Employers will no longer have to incur the expense of developing a PDA when required by the WCB, by using the ACA PDA as an industry standard.
“Use the physical demands analysis in your organization to reduce the risk of injury and identify appropriate return-to-work options. Share the physical demands analysis with health care professionals and/or claim owners to help recovery, return to work and minimize costs,” WCB Alberta.