Job Analysis / Worksite Assessment

A job analysis and worksite assessment are two valuable tools that CHG’s experienced team of therapists can use to assist in the recovery and return to work process.

Job analysis

A job analysis can be an important step in the return to work process following an injury. It assesses the physical, psychological, environmental and cognitive demands of specific work tasks and then matches these to workers’ abilities. A Job Analysis can be completed by a physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

When is a job analysis needed?

Typically, a job analysis is required when:

  • the physical demands of a job are unknown.
  • it is unclear which duties in a workplace are suitable for a worker.

What will a job analysis include?

The typical components of a job analysis are

  • identification of the critical physical demands of the worker’s normal tasks or possible alternative duties
  • matching of the worker’s capacity to the available duties
  • making recommendations for:
    • modifying the tasks
    • modifying the way tasks are done
    • providing aids or equipment.
    • development of graduated return to work program for the worker, if indicated by the findings of the Job Analysis.

Following the assessment, the therapist will provide a report summarising the findings and recommendations of the service.

Worksite assessment

A worksite assessment is a general assessment undertaken by a physiotherapist or occupational therapist to obtain an overview of the workplace and determine the availability of suitable duties for an individual worker.

In order to ensure that a safe and suitable placement occurs, a worksite assessment may be requested prior to placing a worker back in the workplace.

When is a worksite assessment needed?

A worksite assessment may be required in the following circumstances:

  • the worker is certified fit to perform restricted duties but the treating doctor has expressed some doubts about providing medical clearance for pre-injury duties
  • the availability and/or suitability of duties need to be ascertained.
  • the worker’s supervisor and co-workers need assistance to understand recommended work restrictions and safe work methods.
  • advice is required regarding workplace design, modification, or provision of aids and appliances to maintain a durable return to work.

The therapist uses their knowledge of the worker’s diagnosis, pathology and prognosis to determine the suitability of tasks and to identify return to work requirements.

CHG’s team of experienced therapists are highly effective in coordinating these services and in communicating with all parties involved in a worksite assessment – a critical element to ensure a positive return to work outcome is achieved.

To find out more, contact the Mile End Clinic on (08) 8354 9200 or email us.

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