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A task analysis is a systematic procedure to identify the demands of a particular job. It breaks the job into major tasks. Then, it analyses the physical, perceptual and environmental demands, interactions with equipment and administrative practices related to each task. Task analysis should be as objective as possible. The use of measurements (e.g., length of time and frequency of task) helps make task analysis valid and reliable.

WPI can undertake a task analysis of roles within an organisation which can be used for pre-employments, risk assessments, and as an early intervention approach to return to work (particularly educating GP’s on pre-injury role). A task analysis is essential for assessing whether recovering workers are able to do their previous jobs or modified ones. A task analysis can assist a treating practitioner to determine whether the demands of a particular job are reasonable for the worker’s current condition, including gaining clearance for the pre-injury role.

A job library incorporates a collection of task analyses which captures individual workplace roles, and descriptions (including photos) of critical physical job demands, in a user friendly format.

Suitable Duties Job Library

As an additional option, a suitable duties catalogue can be created. The suitable duties catalogue identifies a list of modified and alternative duties associated with each pre-injury role (task analysis). The suitable duties catalogue acts as a support to injury management staff including managers to better draw upon return to work options during an injured worker’s recovery. The catalogue can also assist in early discussions with treating practitioner’s for purposes of determining whether the demands of a particular RTW role is reasonable for the worker’s current condition.

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