Documenting Tools Used by Worker

Identify the Make and Model

Documenting the specific details of the job tasks, including the tools used, is important. Introducing a new tool or model of tool to a task could alter the way the task is performed. As much detail as possible about the tool(s) should be recorded including the make, model, and year of manufacturing. Ideally, reference to a manual for the tool would be included for further information. Depending on the job or task, several different tools may be used by workers due to preference. All of the possible tools and associated tasks should be documented in order to fully capture the physical demands of the job (note that additional tasks identified in the PDD may be required due to variations in tool use) .

Measure the Weight

Similar to any other object that is lifted, the weight of the tool(s) should be measured. The weight of tools can impact the physical demands of a job. Weights should be measured during the observation and data collection phase. If the weight of the tool is supported by a balancer or other apparatus, it should be documented.

Take a Photograph

A complete PDD should include photographs of each and every tool used in the job. This does not mean a photograph of a task where the tool is being used, but rather a standalone photograph of the tool itself. The tool should be photographed on a light, blank surface (such as a table or the floor) that contrasts the tool and makes it clearly visible in the photograph.

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