6 January 2020 posted by Recovery Partners

There are several steps in a job task analysis that aim to describe the physical actions and cognitive activities involved with or required to complete a task. In the workplace, the purpose of the process is to understand the nature of a job to eliminate potential risks that could predispose an employee to injury.

There are several types of task analysis but among the most common techniques used are:

Hierarchical Task Analysis

The hierarchical task analysis is focused on decomposing high-level tasks into subtasks.

Cognitive Task Analysis

This type of analysis aims to understand the tasks that require cognitive involvement from the user, such as decision-making, problem-solving, memory, attention, and judgment. It is applied in situations such as supervision where minimal work occurs. In such a case, the tasks are more related to assessment, evaluation and decision making.

Steps in a Task Analysis
There are several steps in a job task analysis, including:

1. Analyse the task

The task should be decomposed into its constituent parts with a focus on;

  • Task definition
  • Task description
  • Job inventory
  • Risk assessment

2. Determine the relationship between the different parts of the task.

This should be based on a:

  • Behavioral analysis
  • Problem analysis
  • Critical analysis
  • Visionary analysis

3. Task reconstruction

The acquired information should then be used to achieve the following;

  • Development of job aid and assistance
  • Development of training objectives

A quality task analysis should factor in an employee’s skill level, age, experience, and communication and processing abilities in performing the task.


At Recovery partners, we offer a full task analysis service.  We can help you break down your company’s various duties and eliminate the potential risks associated with each. 

Our services are available nationwide. For more information about our services contact us.

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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/