WHAT IS ERGONOMICS?
Ergonomics is the scientific process of designing and implementing tools and objects used by people to optimize the efficiency and safety of their activities. The aim of workplace ergonomics is to help a person adapt their work spaces, tasks and equipment to maintain their physical health and comfort, minimize the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and enable them to maximize their productivity.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ERGONOMICS?
The goal of ergonomics is to fit the job to the worker rather than forcing the worker to adapt to the job. By putting emphasis on proper posture and reducing the impact of repetitive movements, we can help prevent many workplace injuries.
In the case of employees returning to the job after recovering from injuries, ergonomics plays an ever more critical role. Many injured workers often return to work prematurely, delaying or even reversing their progress.
Propel’s therapists can design and implement an individualized, job-specific program of activity with the goal of a safe and productive return to work using real or simulated work tasks and progressively graded conditioning exercises that are based on our patients’ measured tolerances. Work hardening provides best chance of a successful transition between acute care and successful return to work.
WORKPLACE ERGONOMIC ASSESSMENT
Propel Physiotherapy dispatches professionals with expertise in biomechanics, human physiology, human factors, and workplace accommodation to our client workplaces to examine key ergonomic risk factors such as physical job demands, workstation layout, environmental factors, equipment usability, and job design. This includes situations where the client may operate out of a home office part or full time. Results of the assessments are reviewed with physical therapists on the Propel team to ensure specific factors involving the client’s clinical condition are appropriately accounted for.
DO I NEED AN ERGONOMIC ASSESSMENT?
Ask yourself the following questions to find out if you could benefit from an ergonomic assessment and new work space setup: