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Job Dictionary

WHY HAVE A JOB DICTIONARY? 

The wine industry job dictionary provides wine industry employees and employers and their service providers (i.e. Doctors, Rehabilitation providers etc.) with a tool that identifies specific tasks and physical demands of each job. In the unfortunate event of an employee sustaining an injury at work, the job dictionary can assist service providers to understand the employee’s pre-injury job and identify suitable duties that can be performed safely by the employee which will result in better “return to work” outcomes for employees.

HOW CAN A JOB DICTIONARY BE USED? 

  • Assist in the prevention of injuries by identifying key risks

  • Assist injured workers return to work 

  • Formulate a graduated return to work programme

  • Assist in determining whether or not the organisation has suitable duties as part of a graduated return to work plan

  • Reduce the constant requirement for job analyses/ worksite assessments   

  • Provide information for pre-employment medical assessments and functional capacity assessments

  • Compare the skills required in the job with the skills employees have.  This can determine training requirements 

  • Can aid medical professionals to focus treatment

The job dictionary will clearly identify the:

    1. Key work tasks
    2. The actual duties to be performed
    3. Key and critical physical demands of the job such as twisting, lifting and reaching

The job dictionary has been formatted in such a way that it can be easily used to identify the specific demands of the job. The format includes:

  1. Job title;
  2. Body demands – detailing the frequency that demands are placed on body parts including the neck, shoulders and back;
  3. Critical physical demands – detailing the demands and the frequency of exposure;
  4. Description of the duties; and,
  5. Photographs of key tasks.


The critical physical demands are further broken down into:

  1. Postural demands – including sitting, standing, walking, twisting, squatting and climbing.
  2. Manual handling demands – including lifting, pushing/pulling, carrying, reaching and handling.

Note: For each demand, the frequency that the demands occur is specified.


CAN THE POSITION DESCRIPTION FOR A JOB BE MODIFIED?

A specific position description can be modified / customised to the work site including site identification and logo. However, the degree of content “modification” should be limited to changing photographs (to particular site specific photographs)and customising content related to duties required to be performed.

Body Demands, Critical Physical Demands and Frequency, Appendix, and Key Definitions, must not be amended (without specific evaluation of the job by a suitably qualified person) as these “indicators” were developed following specific job analysis, task analysis and a review of physical demands of the job as described in the position description.

DEVELOPMENT

The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA), through its Occupational Health & Safety Committee, has developed a wine industry specific “Job Dictionary” of 18 jobs that are “typical” of work performed in the industry.

The development of the wine industry job dictionary was made possible due to funding provided by Employers Mutual Limited’s “Employer Association Cash Incentive Grants”.

The wine industry job dictionary has been developed to provide wine industry participants; employers; employees; rehabilitation providers and general practitioners, with a tool that will assist them to better understand the physical demands of “jobs” performed every day by employees.

By using the wine industry job dictionary employees and employers will be able to achieve a range of benefits including:

  • improved return to work outcomes;
  • reduced workplace injuries; and,
  • the ability to use the job dictionary as a pre-employment functional capacity assessment tool (i.e. matching the physical capability of employees with the duties / tasks to be performed)

In developing the wine industry job dictionary SAWIA engaged a consultant to analyse every day jobs that are most commonly associated with lost time injuries within the industry. Each specific job description was developed following specific job analysis, task analysis and a review of physical demands of the job. The wine industry job dictionary has been put together in a user friendly format and has been trialled for suitability within a broad range of wine industry business sizes.