Physical Demands Analyses (PDA)

The Alberta Forest Products Association is committed to helping employers and workers reduce losses through workplace injury by providing quality information and resources to the forest products industry.

PDA is a process of establishing what a job is, in its entirety, and is used to determine compatibility between a worker and a specific job. WCB Alberta suggests that PDAs may help to minimize your company’s time-lost claims by helping to identify possible modified duties.

Each PDA is a systematic procedure to quantify and evaluate the physical and environmental demands of all essential and non-essential tasks of the job.

The videos that accompany the documented PDAs are intended to visually represent the physical stressors of the various tasks conducted for any given position.

The following PDAs were designed with every effort to include the most up-to-date, accurate information possible at the time of publication, but no guarantee or warranty is implied from their production or use. Neither the Alberta Forest Products Association, its employees, officers, agents, directors, or members will be responsible for any loss, damage, or injury caused due to the use, misuse, interpretation, or misinterpretation of the information contained within.


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Transportation resources

Lumber Grading

AFPA offers lumber grading courses in the spring and fall, access to an online quality management system and more.


Lumber Grading resources