A task analysis is a detailed analysis of how a task or activity is completed, or more simply the interactions between humans and their environments. A task analysis includes a detailed description of both manual and mental activities, task frequency/duration, task allocation, environmental factors, equipment (including personal protective equipment PPE) utilised for an employee to perform a given task.
What does the provision of a task analysis involve?
- Our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will attend your workplace to complete a thorough task analysis and assessment of each workplace task. The amount of time required to complete such an assessment will vary, depending on the number of work roles, and the physical/mental requirements of each task. Advantage Injury Management Services will be able to provide you an estimate of time required prior to commencement of the assessment.
- Advantage Injury Management Services with your approval can take photographs of your employees completing work tasks.
- Following completion of the assessment, you will be provided with a comprehensive document outlining all physical/mental demands and movements required for the completion of each work role. This document contains a table identifying whether particular movements or postures are constant, frequent or occasional.
What are the benefits of using a task analysis?
There are a number of benefits in having Advantage Injury Management Services provide a task analysis for your workplace demands:
- It provides clear documentation of the physical/mental demands required of your employees in all areas of your workplace.
- It can help to identify problems and make recommendations about best ergonomic practice, as well as recommendations about adjustment to the work area, aids or equipment to make tasks more ergonomically friendly and may potentially increase the efficiency or productivity of a given task.
- It can be used to help prevent injury by identifying manual handling risks and implementing any recommended strategies in work practice or equipment to reduce the risk.
- It assists all involved parties tailor a Suitable Duties Program accordingly matching the physical/mental demands of each role with the aim of facilitating an early return to work.
- It allows an easy to follow document that can streamline rehabilitation and return to work by doctors, health professionals and management.
- It can help enable an injured worker to complete manual tasks successfully with reduced risk of injury or re-injury.
- Can be utilised to compliment a pre-employment screen when accurately testing recruited new employees.
Please note that development of a task analysis is not a manual tasks audit or musculoskeletal risk assessment, and therefore will not provide information regarding injury risk or hierarchy of injury prevention