A Task Analysis Methodology for the Development of Minimum Physical Employment Standards

Stevenson, Richard D. M., Siddall, Andrew G., Turner, Philip J. F. and Bilzon, James L. J. (2016) A Task Analysis Methodology for the Development of Minimum Physical Employment Standards. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ISSN 1536-5948

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Objective: To develop a systematic task analysis process for determination of minimum
acceptable job performance in arduous safety-related occupations.

Methods: A task analysis
using modifications on established methods was completed in UK firefighters. Subject-matter
experts (all male) identified critical, physically arduous tasks generic to all UK firefighters
and developed individual, role-specific task simulations. Video footage and blinded voting
were used to determine minimum acceptable task performance.

Results: Eight tasks were
identified in combination with role-specific variations, task simulations suitable for use in a
physical demands analysis and corresponding minimum acceptable performance.

Conclusions: The bespoke steps highlighted here allow structured identification of taskspecific minimum performance standards and simulations from which physical employment
standards could be based. However, including a more divergent expert panel with respect to
age, sex and race would strengthen the applicability of this framework in future practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the author-accepted manuscript not the final published manuscript. Submitted to the Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. Manuscript #JOEM-16-5853R3 DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000812
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physically demanding occupations, task analysis, physical demands analysis, physical fitness, physical employment standards
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Andy Siddall
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2019 14:22
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2020 13:26
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4271

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