Physical Demands Analysis

A comprehensive and straightforward Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) is the core foundation of our return to work program, and is the single most effective tool to help you manage your employees’ work/life cycle. From the pre-hire phase to the return-to-work process, an Apex PDA is designed to help you prevent and manage workplace injuries.

What is a PDA?

A PDA is a detailed document that assesses the physical characteristics of a particular job. Our PDA goes beyond the standard job description and provides an in-depth, objective measurement of the essential and non-essential physical demands directly associated with an employee’s role and work environment.

How are PDAs commonly used?

The most common use of a PDA is to help an injured employee get back to work. In this case, the PDA is used to better understand the injury, modify duties when returning to work, and/or develop a work-conditioning program. An effective PDA is built to get employees back to work safely and quickly.

PDAs can also be used as an early detector of risk. When used as a preventative tool, PDAs allow employers to complete additional analyses to make tasks safer for all employees. They also help employers develop practical onboarding procedures to ensure that new employees are aware of the physical demands of a job before they begin work.

Workplace Safety Begins with a PDA

Whether a PDA is used in the return-to-work process or as a risk assessment tool, the goal is to make your workplace a safer, more enjoyable place for every employee. A thorough and clearly documented analysis of each role at your organization is a vital part of a healthy work environment.

Whether a PDA is used in the return-to-work process or as a risk assessment tool, the goal is to make your workplace a safer, more enjoyable place for every employee.

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