Physical Demands Descriptions (PDD)

Are you doing everything you can to optimize your return-to-work program? Ergonomics and the health care process can work together to minimize your costs.

The process that is used in ergonomics to document the physical requirements of a task is called a Physical Demands Description (PDD). A PDD goes beyond the basic job description, and focuses strictly on the physical components of the task such as lifting, kneeling, fine finger movements, strength demands, etc. A PDD also includes job requirements such as sensory or perceptual demands, environmental demands and conditions of the work place. The goal of a PDD is to objectively list everything that is required of the worker to perform the job.

The PDD provides both qualitative and quantitative information that can be used by you and your health care professional to gain a better understanding of the job. In providing this information, you can improve your company’s ability to:

  1. Determine the work-relatedness of the injury;
  2. Determine the potential causes of the injury; and,
  3. Determine how to quickly and effectively help the employee return to work.