Ergonomic Assessments and Training

Virtual Ergonomic Assessments

In response to the spread of COVID-19, we are offering virtual ergonomic assessments via video call to identify risk factors with home office or remote workstation set up, help employees to adjust their equipment and furniture and coach them on healthy ergonomic behaviours. These assessments are conducted by skilled occupational therapists with specialization in ergonomics, musculoskeletal injury prevention, and wellness. Electronic guidelines for workstation ergonomics and stretching are provided.

On-site Ergonomic Assessments

The on-site assessment includes an interview with the employee, photographs of the workstation and review of the job tasks to identify ergonomic risk factors that may be contributing to employee discomfort and productivity loss. You will receive a comprehensive report outlining the ergonomic risk factors specific to the employee, with recommended administrative, behavioural, and engineering accommodations. The employee is provided with ergonomic education at the time of assessment along with Office Stretches and Office Ergonomics Guidelines posters to assist in improving their safe working behaviours. 

Office Ergonomic Screenings

These 30-minute mini-assessments are a preventative screening for your employees that will identify ergonomic risk factors and provide you with a checklist of solutions to improve comfort and productivity. These screening assessments should not replace the individual ergonomic assessment for employees with medical conditions or who require workplace accommodations following injury or disability.  Our "Office Ergonomics-Preventing MSI's at Work" Education Session is recommended as a prerequisite to these screenings.

ErgoLAB - OFFICE ERGONOMICS AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY 

As a value-added follow up to any on-site office ergonomic assessment, we now have ergonomic furniture, accessories and assistive technology assessment and trial "ergoLAB" located at our new clinic. This innovative program can reduce employee time loss costs, unnecessary purchasing of ill-suited equipment and ultimately allows your employee or client to try this furniture or equipment before YOU buy! We can expedite the procurement process by connecting you with vendors who sell a wide selection of items and prevent chronic injury, disability while enabling a safe and speedy return to work/stay at work experience.  

Industrial Ergonomic Assessments 

An in-depth examination of a job or task to identify physical, environmental and psychosocial risk factors that could contribute to musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. Considerations for frequency, duration, and force of work demands are examined.  The risk factors and possible personal protective equipment, administrative processes, engineering improvements, and behavioural recommendations are outlined with priority coding. Employee Training such as Manual Material Handling, Mental Health at Work, or other task-specific safety training may be recommended. 

Industrial Ergonomic Design Project Consultation

A well-designed job will encourage a variety of 'good' body positions, have reasonable strength requirements, require a reasonable amount of mental activity, and help foster feelings of achievement and self-esteem. Job design can be used to accommodate the abilities and diversity of individuals, including those returning to work following injury or illness. Job design refers to administrative changes that can help improve working conditions. In comparison, workplace design concentrates on dealing with the workstation, the tools, and the body position that all influence the way a person does his or her work. Good workplace design reduces static positions, repetitive motions and awkward body positions. We work closely with architects, engineers and product vendors to help industrial workplaces to design jobs and workplaces with a human factor focus. 


Employee Level Training 

The following topics can be presented in a 1-hour session, which is great for new hire orientation, Lunch and Learn format or customized into 2-hour sessions for special events, conferences and employee education days:

  • Office Ergonomics-Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries at Work 
  • Industrial Ergonomics- Customized Manual Material Handling
  • Situational Awareness and MSI Prevention 
  • Stretch and Flex- Warm up and Stretch MSI Prevention Program 
  • Safe People Lifting and Handling 
  • Situational Awareness Safety 
  • Understanding and Minimizing Occupational Vibration Exposure  
  • Building Resilience- Managing Stress at Work and Home 
  • Nutrition and Healthy Living for Shift Workers  
      

Safety, Human Resource and Management Level Training

  •  Successful Disability Management - Connecting HR and Safety (1-hour)
  •  Safety Considerations for the Aging Worker (1-hour)
  •  Creating Effective Injury Prevention/Ergonomic Programs (1-hour)