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Physical Demands Analysis

A Physical Demands Analysis determines the physical requirements specific to a job position that a potential candidate would have to meet in order to be capable of completing the work safely. The information gathered in the physical demands analysis is then used to determine the Fitness-to-Work testing protocols.

Different Test Types

SureHire uses the following steps to analyze position requirements:

STEP 1: Determine Job Requirements

SureHire will work with the employer's representative to summarize the job description, including the essential and non-essential tasks of the job, work schedule, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, tools and equipment requirements, manual handling/lifting requirements, dexterity requirements, positional and mobility requirements, sensation/perception, environmental demands, and psychological factors.

STEP 2: Verify and Quantify Job Requirements

The SureHire medical professional and the employee representative attend to the job site and the functional components of the job are verified with standardized testing equipment. If physical demands are required to perform a job task, SureHire will objectively quantify the physical requirements using a variety of measurement tools to determine and record the intensity, frequency, and duration of that task.

STEP 3: Report Completion

A final report will be compiled and provided to the employee representative. The Fitness-to-Work testing level will be determined based on the physical demands required to lift the weights of any equipment, material, and tools identified in the analysis.

Understanding the Results

SureHire's completed report will set a standard for the qualities required of a job candidate for the position analyzed, giving those in charge of making hiring decisions the confidence that they have the right person for the job.

Certified Technicians

All SureHire representatives who complete Physical Demands Analyses are medical professionals who have received specific physical demands analysis training.

A Physical Demands Analysis gathers the essential information required for an employer to determine whether a potential worker has the necessary medical, musculoskeletal, critical strength and mobility status to safely work in a specific job position. It provides information to compare the essential tasks of the job to the abilities of a candidate.

SureHire's Physical Demand Analyses are customized to each employer but will typically focus on addressing the following information/requirements:

  • Job Title/Description
  • Essential Job Duties
  • Critical Job Demands (rate frequency of demands)
  • Work Schedule
  • Tool/Equipment/Materials used (weights of each provided in report)
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Sensation/Perception
  • Psychological Factors
  • Functional Strength & Positional Demands (pictures/video included in report)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

When can I test?

It is the responsibility of the employer to help protect worker health and to inform employees of the hazards they may be exposed to at work.

By determining the specific needs required to work in a position safely, companies can ensure the candidates they select are fit for the challenges they will encounter in the job, thus mitigating the potential for work-related accidents or injuries. SureHire will also help to identify the hazards that employees may be exposed to and what equipment and/or programs will be required by government regulation to keep them safe and informed.


Contact a SureHire representative by phone or online to discuss how our Physical Demands Analysis can be tailored to the needs of your company.

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