Task analysis refers to the various techniques that are used to understand the nature of tasks. The process aims to describe the physical actions and cognitive activities involved with or required to complete a task. A detailed task analysis can help design and allocate tasks efficiently within a system
Purpose of a task analysis:
Performing a task analysis will not only help improve the effectiveness of current work practices but it can also help identify potential risks and as a result, reduce the rate of injuries. A task analysis can help you achieve the following;
1. Understand the flow of work and the levels responsibilities
The process can help you identify how a task contributes to meeting the goals and objectives of the organisation.
2. Creation of a suitable duties plan
The process can be used to assign injured employees the most appropriate tasks to help them to return back to work as possible.
3. Performance appraisal and employee development
The organisation can use the results of a job analysis to gauge the performance of employees as well develop an employee according to the specific needs of their job title.
- A good task analysis should be able to provide each of the following;
- The complexity of a task
- Task duration and variability
- The frequency of the task
- Task sequence
- Tools required for the task
- The required user skills, education, and training
In order for an organisation or company to have a safe workplace for its employees, it is important to identify and eliminate the risks and hazards in the workplace. A task analysis together coupled with a workplace assessment and the appropriate safety measures can help achieve that.
At Recovery Partners, we offer a full task analysis service. We can help you break down the various duties in your company and eliminate the potential risks associated with each.
If you’re interested, you can make an online enquiry here. Alternatively, our consultants love to have a chat, so give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789).
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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 www.workcover.nsw.au
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