Physical fitness and work performance standards: a proposed approach
performance standards, physical fitness, physical work, industry, standards model
Traditionally physical performance standards have been developed by a process of normative referencing and are generally established on the bases of age and gender. Many of the jobs assigned to workers can be very physically demanding and result in injury. In addition, men and women may lack physical capacity to fulfil the requirements of such jobs. To satisfy Canadian Human Rights legislation requirements of equal opportunity, regardless of age and gender, the establishment of task-related physical performance standards is an appropriate and desirable approach. These standards must be based on the physical requirements of the jobs and should be within the physiological capacities of the workers. In this paper, the authors have proposed a model to develop task-related performance standards. The purposes, physical capacities, and steps for development of such standards are explained. Applicability of related tests and models also have been outlined. Such an approach should result in a drop of work-related injuries, reduce work for the Workers Compensation Boards and provide greater job satisfaction for the employees. The paper presents a framework for development of specific physical work performance standards for different industries.
Chahal P., Couture R., Lee S.W., Oseen M., Singh M., and Wheeler G. (Feb., 1992). Physical fitness and work performance standards: a proposed approach. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Vol. 9, No. 2, p. 127-136.
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