Automated risk assessments from Functional Job Descriptions – using PDAi and the Demand Score to look at risk in your workplace

Written by Mike Sonne, PhD, CCPE

Typically – a physical demands description, or a function job description, has served as a cookbook – a recipe to determine the ingredients required to complete a job, but nothing like a food critique that would tell you if that job was good or bad. If someone needed to do a risk assessment of a job, a separate analysis would occur, and depending on how that assessment was completed, a third analysis might be required to dive deeper into the risks associated with a job. Using the JOBX system featuring PDAi to complete your functional job descriptions can automate this process, allowing you to quickly determine which of your jobs might have the highest risks, then measure the impact of your changes. Here’s an example of how that is accomplished.


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Ontario Court Confirms Employer Can Request IME

Written by E.C. Carla Zabek, Barrister & Solicitor, Mediator & Facilitator, Human Rights & Workplace Investigator

The Divisional Court ruled that in appropriate circumstances, an employer can request an employee to submit to an independent medical assessment (IME) as part of the accommodation process.  In this case, the employer, a school board, received conflicting medical reports which were only five months apart from the employee’s treating psychiatrist.  In June 2012, the psychiatrist’s report noted that the employee’s condition was resistant to treatment, that he would likely have a relapse if he returned to work and that he required a further extended period of time off work.  At this time, the employee had already been off work for approximately two years.  In August 2012, the same psychiatrist reported that the employee could return to work with restrictions on a lengthy work-hardening protocol.  The employer questioned the veracity of the August 2012 report, especially since the timing was suspicious, given the employee’s salary was about to come to an end.  For that reason, the employer requested that the employee attend an IME.  Initially, the employee agreed to the request but later refused to attend on the basis that the employer was requesting information to which it was not entitled, including a diagnosis.  The employee filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) alleging that the employer had failed in its duty to accommodate the employee in his return to work.  The HRTO dismissed the application, finding that the employer acted in good faith in its attempts accommodate the employee.  The employee then judicially reviewed the decision.  The Court found that the HRTO’s decision was reasonable:


MyAbilities Brings Transformative Functional Evaluation and Injury Management Technologies to Employers, Insurers and Workers’ Compensation.

MyAbilities introduces new powerful software platform for conducting physical demands analysis, performing ergonomics assessments for the delivery of effective prevention and return to work solutions—reducing the incidence and severity of workplace injuries.

 TORONTO/ONTARIO (April 15, 2018) – Utilizing the latest in artificial intelligence, ergonomics research and the largest database of job information in the industry, MyAbilities is providing employers with a platform to create, manage, maintain and communicate their unique job profiles, while also providing employees with the ability to self-assess their individual work environment to identify and minimize the risk of job injury — resulting in reduced occupational injuries, expedited return to work and ergonomically sound workplaces and lower claim costs.


TechPlace Welcomes MyAbilities Technologies as newest LaunchPad company

Burlington, ON, March 8th, 2018 – The TechPlace LaunchPad Steering Committee recently met to review the latest round of applications for the final LaunchPad space available at TechPlace, and selected MyAbilities Technologies. The MyAbilities team has since settled in, and Claire Green, Manager of TechPlace, is very excited to have them. “Not only was the Committee impressed by the company’s product and strong value proposition, but the team behind MyAbilities Technologies brings an incredible depth of knowledge and experience.” ” Green continued, “Their time at the IBM Innovation Space equipped them with the tools to thrive in today’s marketplace, and now TechPlace is ready to support their continued path to growth…”