Is there room for ergonomic initiatives and services in your 2017 budget?

Itís that time of year again and we have been getting a lot of requests for costing and projections for projects our clients want to get done in 2017. This is the sign of a proactive ergonomics plan and we are more than happy to assist our clients with helping them develop new ideas on how injury reduction can be taken to another level.

Which services would best benefit your organization? Many of the requests coming through to us have been for:

TRAINING:

PROergonomics offers many customized ergonomic training sessions. We work with our clients to ensure the content will speak to their workforce and unique ergonomic challenges. The top 3 sessions we have been asked to provide recently include:

  • Office Ergonomics Training (1-day Train-the Assessor and 1-hour "Lunch & Learns")
  • Ergonomic Team (or Joint Health & Safety Committee) Ergonomics Training
  • Ergonomic Risk Assessments: Build Your Toolbox

We also offer customized workshops, delivering relevant material that exactly matches the environment your employees face each day. Our most recent workshop was designed to help health and safety professionals in the municipal environment identify and consider methods for managing some of the ergonomic issues associated with non-office tasks (i.e. field work).

PHYSICAL & COGNITIVE DEMANDS ASSESSMENTS:

We have had several requests to do multiple Physical Demands Assessments (PDAs) for a work site to help enhance their Return to Work (RTW) services. Having a database of PDAs on hand creates a more efficient disability management or accommodation process since time is not wasted when having to provide necessary job information to doctors, insurance providers/WSIB, or RTW Specialists.

While a PDA describes the physical requirements of a job, including a Cognitive Demands Assessment (CDA) along with the PDA to describe the cognitive requirements of a job has also been a common request. This information is being requested more often to deal with some of the cognitive stressors in the workplace that could be a reason why an employee might need accommodations in their job tasks. On January 1st, 2018, Bill 127 will be in effect and completing CDAs for your at risk employees is an excellent proactive measure to be prepared for when claims due to chronic mental stress begin to arise.

ERGONOMIC RISK ASSESSMENTS:

Several quotes have left our office recently to conduct Ergonomic Risk Assessments for a line, a department or an entire plant. Since a Risk Assessment identifies hazards and determines the level of risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in a job/task, these documents become helpful when looking to prioritize where to make changes and improvements to get the biggest return on your investment.

WHAT ARE YOUR ERGONOMIC INITIATIVES?

This is a great time to look at making change. Retroactive projects are often expected costs that will incur throughout the year, but completing a larger proactive project to identify and fix some of your injury causing concerns is a way of not only decreasing those retroactive costs but saving you time and increasing productivity: a healthy worker is a present worker!

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