PWS is an aspect of injury prevention in the workplace. Hiring workers who have the physical abilities to perform a job from the start will go a long way to reduce the number of individuals who could be injured due to a lack thereof. PWS should test potential workers on the physical components of the job, to see if they are capable of performing these functions safely.
Performing PWS allows for:
Functional Job Analysis is a systematic method of identifying and describing the functional and physical aspects of work. It involves analysis of the work, the worker and the worksite. The human element, the tasks performed, and the physical structure in which work is performed all play an integral part in forming a work function. The FJA process includes preparation, data collection and validation, to ensure that an accurate and reliable FJA is obtained. From this FJA, workers can then be tested and matched to the specific work demands in a PWS.