Managing Occupational Medical Centres
Apart from direct exposure to hazards, employees are also prone to ergonomic risk factors due to their postures maintained during lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures, maintaining same body posture for long working hours and performing repetitive tasks. Poor ergonomic work practices or poorly designed workstations can lead to musculoskeletal disorders including neck and back pain, shoulder and arm pain, headaches and repetitive injury strains.
Whether in an office setting or on a production floor, companies face challenging ergonomics risks that can affect productivity and contribute to rising workers ‘compensation claims. Many organizations lack an informed methodology to assess their exposures. We analyze worksites and assist in developing cost-effective strategies to avoid or mitigate workers’ compensation claims and lost productivity through targeted ergonomics services.
Who It’s For:
Organizations wanting to reduce their workers’ compensation costs and enhance workplace productivity.
Organizations seeking to improve their ergonomics-related metrics, methodologies, and programs.
Organizations seeking to create or sustain worker safety and health performance.
What You Get:
A cost-effective methodology to prioritize ergonomics activities on high-risk areas.
Positively reinforced correct procedures providing long-term motivation to maintain proper behaviours.
A system that can cut costs by identifying issues early, thus reducing medical and indemnity costs.
Experienced staff, including certified professional ergonomists.
Our ergonomics exposure mapping tool provides organizations with a cost-effective methodology to prioritize ergonomics activities and investments on high-risk exposures. To determine the relative risk of various tasks performed, our consultants rank potential exposure by combining professionally-observed job/task risks and applicable loss history.
We do in-depth ergonomics analysis of specific jobs or tasks that drive workers’ compensation claims costs or present a high degree of potential for injury as identified by our ergonomics exposure mapping tool.
The job analysis includes task observations, videotaping, informal on-the-job interviewing of employees and other stakeholders, workstation measurement, cycle time measurements, and exposure documentation. We then develop a broad range of ergonomics solutions, including engineering, work method, and administrative controls.
When ergonomics control measures are not integrated in lean process improvement initiatives, the risks from other exposures (awkward postures and motions, required forces, etc.) may become amplified. Our ergonomists can help companies integrate ergonomics into their lean processes by identifying the natural connection points within systems, then training staff on the skills they need to successfully identify risks, implement appropriate control measures, and measure their impact. Lean ergonomics utilizes continuous improvement principles to transform your risk factors into improvement enablers and competitive advantage sustainability.
Ergonomics Management Process Design
we can tailor a written ergonomics management process to reflect your operations, management style, and culture. We use a team of ergonomics, claims management, and medical management consultants to design the critical elements of this integrated program. The end product is measurable, sustainable, and efficient.
Our ergonomics gap analysis is a structured audit process designed to identify gaps in your ergonomics management process affecting overall effectiveness and outcomes. It compares current practices with a set of rating criteria, evaluating your ergonomics management systems by applying key performance indicators drawn from recognized best practices in ergonomics.
Education and training are vital for an effective implementation of any ergonomics program. Our consultants can design training systems that reflect your organizational structure and staff capabilities.
We can provide effective training, targeting specific roles and operational environments. The training presented to managers and supervisors, office employees, and the production staff should be unique, since their exposures and solutions are quite different. We also provide training for your engineering staff to enable key staff members to incorporate ergonomics design concepts into future workstations and production lines.