A Job Dictionary profiles the specific tasks associated with a role and identifies the potential risk(s). It provides objective information, which can be used by either an employer, or medical / allied health professional, to understand the physical requirements of the role. A Job Dictionary is the first crucial step in the development of:
- Pre-Employment Assessments that are based on real and objective data, aimed at mitigating preventable workplace injuries;
- Suitable Duties Plans that allow medical / allied health professionals to make informed decisions, and tailor quantifiable programs to facilitate an early and sustainable return to work;
- Suitable Duties Maps / Manuals which provide meaningful and safe options across the organisation, for an injured worker participating in a return to work program;
- Targeted injury prevention initiatives based on risk(s).
Thorough Documentation of Physical Requirements Helps to Reduce Injury
By having thorough and clear documentation about best practice for required physical tasks, companies can reduce injury rates, assist with injury management and return to work programs, and aid in the development of pre-employment testing.
KINNECT will assess each role in your organisation and develop documentation based on best practice for respective manual handling tasks. Information that is gathered about individual tasks includes:
- What manual handling tasks are required to perform this task i.e. lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling?
- What forces and loads are involved i.e. weights of objects?
- What are the postures and joint range of motion required to perform this task?
- How many workers perform this task?
- How long do they do it? (duration)
- How often do they do it? (frequency)
- How many workers have reported pain or discomfort from this task?
- How many injuries have been attributed to this task?
- What appears to be the main risk factors with this task?
Actions and movements
When looking at task-specific actions and movements we take into consideration movements such as:
- Bending and twisting of the back
- Pushing and pulling tasks
- Over-reaching and working above shoulder height
- Working at low levels
- Repetitive tasks
- Prolonged postures
Workstation and Workplace Layout
When looking at Ergonomic Task Analysis we assess factors such as sitting postures, monitor position, office chair setup, workplace organisation, alternating tasks, and factoring in micro- breaks.
Load and Force in the Workplace
As part of analysing and documenting load force, KINNECT takes into account the load location and the distances the load is being moved, if the object is being carried, pushed or pulled over a long distance, if objects are difficult to move, lifted manually or if they’re unusual sizes or hard to grip i.e. wet, slippery, greasy.
Management of the Work Environment
Managing the work environment is a very effective way of ensuring staff safety and promoting safe work conditions. When looking at work environments, KINNECT takes into account busy periods when staff may have difficulty keeping up with the demands of jobs with little or no recovery periods. We also assess the availability of additional help if team lifting is required, if floor surfaces are slippery or uneven, if there are different levels in the work area, if there is inadequate lighting and if appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) is available.
Contact KINNECT today to see how we can assist your company with a task analysis for
manual handling or ergonomics.