Physical Demand Statements

Physical Demand StatementsPhysical Demand Statements objectively define the functional capacity required to undertake operational tasks within the workplace. The OHS legislation places a duty on employers to provide a safe workplace for their workers. How do businesses know if their workers have the physical capacity to undertake demand that the workplace if they do not understand what the physical demands of operational tasks are? Can your business confidently identify light duties?

The development of Physical Demand Statements for jobs takes the subjectivity out of what the inherent requirements of operational tasks are.  Typically, Physical Demand Statements are required when:

  • the physical demand of a task are unknown
  • it is unclear which duties in a workplace are suitable for a worker

Physical Demand Statements are also referred to as Suitable Duties Statements, Job Analysis, Job Diary, Job Dictionaries and Work Capacity Evaluation. If you would like further information regarding how Action OHS Consulting can assist you with Physical Demand Statements, please contact us. For more information on Physical Demand Statements, please see below.

What do Physical Demand Statements involve?

Physical Demand Statements are developed in line with the needs of the business. Typically, Action OHS Consulting will work collaboratively with the business to identify what operational tasks are undertaken frequently and infrequently (or seasonally) in the workplace. We will then visit the site to observe workers undertaking each identified operation task. This observation will involve, but is not limited to consultation with workers, reviewing documentation associated with the task, taking measurements of weight lifted along with pushing and pulling forces, estimating time in selected postures and taking photos. Following the review, Action OHS Consulting will develop the physical demand statement(s) which will provide an overview of the key metrics associated with each operational task.

What benefits do Physical Demand Statements provide businesses?

Businesses who understand the physical demand of operational tasks in their workplace will see the following benefits:

  • A pre-employment tool to ensure that prospective workers, including labour hire, can safely perform the job assigned to them
  • Guidance material for medical practitioners to assist them in determining employee work capacity and restrictions
  • Established suitable return to work duties for injured employees; based on the match between the employee’s medically certified capacity and the defined physical demand of the job
  • Facilitate medical screening of long term employees to ensure that they have a physical capacity that matches the physical demand of their job

Physical demand statements will assist an employer to identify the physical demands on workers, which in turn,  will allow employers to establish controls to create a safe work environment for all workers, including ageing workers, injured workers and prospective workers.

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