Subjective job task analyses for physically demanding occupations: what is best practice?

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Larsen, Brianna and Aisbett, Brad. 2012. "Subjective job task analyses for physically demanding occupations: what is best practice?" Ergonomics: an international journal of research and practice in human factors and ergonomics. 55 (10), pp. 1266-1277. https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2012.697582
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Subjective job task analyses for physically demanding occupations: what is best practice?

ERA Journal ID3668
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLarsen, Brianna (Author) and Aisbett, Brad (Author)
Journal TitleErgonomics: an international journal of research and practice in human factors and ergonomics
Journal Citation55 (10), pp. 1266-1277
Number of Pages12
Year2012
Place of PublicationMilton park, United Kingdom
ISSN0014-0139
1366-5847
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2012.697582
Abstract

Workers in physically demanding occupations (PDOs) are frequently subjected to physical selection tests. To avoid legal ramifications, workplaces must be able to show that any personnel selection procedures reflect the inherent requirements of the job. A job task analysis (JTA) is fundamental in determining the work tasks required for employees. To date, there are no published instructions guiding PDO researchers on how to conduct job task analyses. Job task analysis research for non-PDOs offers some insight into the expected reliability and validity of data obtained on the most prevalent task domains in job analysis (importance, frequency, time spent and difficulty). This review critiques such research, and the existing published material on JTA of PDOs, and provides recommendations for future research and practice.

Keywordsphysical selection tests, inherent requirements, task domains, reliability, validity
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350505. Occupational and workplace health and safety
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Byline AffiliationsDeakin University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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