One of the frequently asked questions received involves the relationship between the Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) and ergonomics. Some organizations believe that the PDAs will benefit their organization, while others believe an ergonomics program will provide the better benefit. The complete answer is that the organization will benefit from an ergonomics program that utilizes the PDA as the foundation upon which other aspects of the program are built.
The Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) is a process that objectively quantifies the essential physical demands of a job. Data derived from this process results in a versatile, legally-defensible document, which has multiple, practical applications.
The following FAQs provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the PDA process and post-offer employment testing.