An Ergonomic program takes a basic systematic approach and offers businesses a common-sense strategy for eliminating unnecessary musculoskeletal disorders from the workplace.
Here are some reasons why this standard makes good business sense:
Workers are the main cost for modern businesses, and businesses need to attract and retain the best talent. You don't want to hire then inadvertently injure workers - that benefits no one. Ergonomics prevents this.
Musculoskeletal disorders are entirely preventable and quite unnecessary injuries that cost the US economy billions of dollars and inflict misery and suffering on affected workers.
When ergonomics is an integral part of basic job and workplace design NOT an afterthought, it's no more expensive to choose a good ergonomic design for a workplace than to choose a bad design - the difference isn't economics it's education!
Good ergonomics programs focus on ways to reduce costs to companies by:
Functional Capacity Evaluation
3 1/2 - 4 hours
A comprehensive assessment of an individual's work-related abilities. It is highly useful for disability and workers compensation claims determination. The report clearly describes the functional ability and limitations of tasks a worker could perform in a workday. When the FCE is complete, the client understands his/her capacity to perform work.
Type of FCE's:
- Return to work
- Disability benefit determination
- Personal Injury
- Vocational Rehab
Post Offer Screen
The Post Offer Screen is a functional test to determine an individual's ability to safely perform the physical requirements of the job.
New Hire work injuries are prevented by implementing a "Post Offer Screen". Fit the right worker to the correct job the first time.
Functional Job Analysis
The Functional Job Analysis (FJA) is a comprehensive structured tool for identifying and evaluating the physical aspects of work.
The FJA involves analyzing the worker, the work and the worksite.
Input is gathered from employers and workers regarding the essential job functions and critical demands of the job.
Objective solutions are identified on how to make work safer for all employees.
Onsite Physical Therapy and
Onsite Early Intervention and Injury Prevention Services:
Many employers are recognizing the significant benefits associated with bringing physical therapy services on-site. Some of these benefits include:
More comprehensive treatment.
A functional job analysis along with specific guidelines for improving the work or the work site can complement the acute treatment of injuries.
Timely and accurate return to work decisions.
Return to work decisions are objectified by performing assessments based on functional job descriptions.
The same therapist that is treating a specific individual's work injury is also assisting with the transition back to regular work.
The continuity of onsite services allows early intervention at the first report of symptoms.