The Physical Demands Analysis /

Job Safety Analysis

Host: Dr. James Rethaber & Forrest Richardson, CSP

This free webinar will discuss what measures can be taken to determine if the person you are considering hiring is physically capable of the essential functions of the job, and will also explain the overall worksite analysis used to help determine Protective Equipment Assessments required under  29 CFR 1910.132-140.


  • The components of a Physical Demands Analysis

  • How the process is conducted, and real-world case studies/scenarios demonstrating the application/effectiveness of this process. For example, documented injury reduction of 80% and a return of $20+ dollars for every $1 spent on job-specific, post-offer testing.
Many experts have stated that 75-80% of work-related performance problems are a result of the work environment; i.e. tools, equipment, workstations, work processes, etc. A comprehensive ergonomics program can effectively mitigate risk factors associated with the human-work environment interaction, but what about the other 20-25% of work-related problems not attributed to the work environment? Physical Demands Analyses and corresponding job-specific, post-offer tests that are ADA/EEOC compliant are the answers.


  • Understand the elements of an effective JSA

  • How to identify and analyze hazards once found

  • Proper selection and prioritization of jobs

  • Effectively plan and implement a JSA program

  • Improve effectiveness, interview skills and employee engagement

  • Determine preventative measures required by OSHA and essential project planning requirements to improve their skills and effectiveness of the Job Safety Assessment project or program.

OSHA does not require a job safety analysis (JSA) or job hazard analysis (JHA) in the traditional sense of the terms. However, OSHA does view them as a best practice, and can be a part of the overall worksite analysis.



James-Bio-Image_footer.jpgDr. James Rethaber, Ph.D., CPE is currently the Director of Ergonomics at Fit For Work. Dr. Rethaber has completed over 5,000 physical demands analyses/ergonomic risk assessments and is responsible for developing engineering and non-engineering initiatives that reduce injury while also improving productivity (lean ergonomics). He has worked in the fields of orthopedic sports medicine, biomechanics, and ergonomics for over 15 years, and is a published researcher and a national speaker on ergonomics and injury prevention.


Richardson-Head-Shot_low_res.jpgForrest Richardson is the Safety Division Director for Fit For Work, LLC, holds the international Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification and has over 23 years of experience in management and leadership experience. From small businesses to large corporations, he understands the real world demand for value. He is a Board Certified Safety Professional, past chapter president and professional member of ASSE and Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor for General Industry and Construction industries. He has been a guest speaker for local, regional organizations and professional development conferences and has facilitated hundreds of sessions across many different industries. 

Forrest proudly served in the United States Army earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and currently seeking his M.B.A. from Colorado State University and his Associate Risk Management Certification (ARM). He has received training through the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute and Department of Defense.