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Ergonomics

Reduce Sedentary Behaviour at Work

A previous post addressed the need to encourage employees to be more active (see: Encourage Employees to Increase Their Physical Activity at Work) but the movement to address sedentary lifestyles is gaining traction.  Here is an interesting blog post on Cubicle Culture.  And a neighbouring health unit has adapted a tool kit for workplaces that [...]

Anytime: On-line Ergonomic e-Learning for Office Workers

The Institute for Work and Health has developed an ergonomic resource that employees can access.  The resource is called,  eOfficeErgo: Ergonomics e-Learning for Office Workers.  There are nine interactive modules and the whole course takes about 90 minutes to complete. The resource is available in three formats including a free, on-line version.  For more details, [...]

Design Your Workspaces to Encourage Activity

In today’s brain-based economy, many employees are spending large parts of their day sitting in front of computers, in meetings or in their cars.  Recent news headlines are proclaiming that these prolonged periods of sitting are dangerous to our health—even if we do walk to work or visit a gym routinely.  There’s a movement afoot [...]

Exercises for Employees Who Stand

For some employees such as teachers, cashiers, hair stylists, cooks, assembly line workers, servers and bartenders, standing is a big part of their work day.  In order to reduce injuries, consider sharing this handout, Exercises for Employees Who Stand which was created by Jasmine Isaac, Kinesiologist with Wellness Works Professionals in Peterborough. Source:  Wellness Works Professionals, Peterborough

His & Hers Health Fair

Organize a Health Fair at your workplace. Invite organizations to provide a display or handouts that introduce employees to the issues related to healthy eating, staying active, and maintaining vitality throughout life. Approach different organizations for resources.  Organizations could include your local Health Unit, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Diabetes Association, or the [...]

Consider Offering On-Site Massage Therapy

Some workplaces arrange for a massage therapist to visit their workplace once a week or once a month.  Employees sign up in advance.  If possible, cover the cost.  If that isn’t possible, consider subsidizing the cost.  Encouraging employees to get massages prior to a problem developing will help prevent injuries and positively affect the workplace bottom line.  [...]

“Thank You for Reporting Your Injuries”

Proper recordkeeping when it comes to workplace injuries is essential for identifying and reducing workplace hazards.  The trick is to create a work environment where employees feel that they can report their injuries without fear of reprisal or embarrassment—whether it comes from coworkers or managers.  Take measures to assure employees that injury reporting is necessary [...]

Listen Carefully to Employees’ Accounts of Workplace Hazards

Actively encourage employees to share their concerns regarding workplace hazards, injuries, and physically demanding tasks.  If staff members can rest assured that you, as an employer, value their input and experiences and will act upon them, more employees will share their thoughts.  These employee contributions may prove invaluable towards identifying, assessing, and controlling injury risk [...]

Include Breaks and Rotations in Workplace Regulations

For employees who perform repetitive or forceful tasks, breaks and rotations may prevent strains, injuries, and illnesses that result from work.  Consider creating job rotation or exercise programs for employees in these types of positions.  Be sure to include guidelines for breaks and rotations in workplace policies.   Source:  Brant County Health Unit

Feature Interactive Displays or Bulletin Boards in High-Traffic Areas

Colorful and attractive displays on nutrition and heathy eating easily draw the attention of employees.  Create posters or bulletin boards that advertise healthier  meal choices, healthy tips for food preparation, and favourite healthy recipes.  The same strategy can be used for many other topics including being active, being smoke free, responsible drinking, reducing stress, shiftwork, [...]

Encourage Employees to Exercise—Even When Sitting at Their Desks

Host a seminar on “Deskercise,” a series of stretching exercises that employees can call upon while working to reduce the strain caused by sitting and typing for extended periods of time.  Some examples include neck rolls, shoulder shrugs, stomach squeezes, hip twisters, wrist curls and yawning.  Challenge employees to keep a log of how many [...]

Puzzling “Injuries” (Kit)

Creative, hands-on activities regarding workplace injuries and injury prevention are hard to come by.  Luckily, wellness coordinators can use a variety of simple puzzles—crossword puzzles, word searches, and trivia games—that effectively teach employees the core concepts of injury prevention.  Boost employee participation in puzzles and other activities by offering prizes for those who successfully complete [...]

Make Your Workplace Suitable for Late Night Work

Ergonomic supports like adequate lighting, ventilation, and a comfortable rest area help ensure that employees stay alert and productive around the clock. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Material Safety Data Sheets

These documents list the ingredients contained within workplace chemicals and describe proper handling procedures for each substance.  As an employer, make sure to familiarize yourself and your employees with these documents and the hazards associated with using each chemical. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Listen Carefully to Employee Accounts of Workplace Hazards

Actively encourage employees to share their concerns regarding workplace hazards, injuries, and physically demanding tasks.  If staff members can rest assured that you, as an employer, value their input and experiences and will act upon them, more employees will share their thoughts.  These employee contributions may prove invaluable towards identifying, assessing, and controlling injury risk [...]

Host Seminar and Training Sessions on Workplace Hazards

Host sessions that inform employees about workplace hazards and risk factors that might contribute to injuries at work.  Add to the discussion by unveiling methods by which managers and staff can reduce these hazards.  After all, employees who are familiar with workplace risk factors are more prepared to prevent injuries from happening in the first [...]

Injury Prevention Training

Offer training opportunities to update or review a variety of injury prevention topics, such as proper lifting techniques, selecting footwear that provide adequate support and grip, or other proper ergonomic work practices. Source: Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Comprehensive Back Health Policy

Consider developing or, if already in place, enhancing your workplace’s back health policy. No matter what kind of work is done (sitting, standing or more physical labour), supporting employees’ back health will help reduce the risk of work-related injuries. Topics to consider include: lifting policy, training opportunities for employees, ergonomic assessment of workstations, elimination of [...]

Include Breaks and Rotations in Workplace Regulations

For employees who perform repetitive or forceful tasks, breaks and rotations may prevent strains, injuries, and illnesses that result from work. Consider creating job rotation or exercise programs for employees in these types of positions. Be sure to include guidelines for breaks and rotations in workplace policies.   Source: Brant County Health Unit  

Conduct PDAs on Physically Demanding Tasks

Consider conducting a Physical Demand Analysis (PDA) on every physically demanding task in order to identify hazards, enhance ergonomic factors related to the job, and prevent potential injuries.  Incorporate results and recommendations from PDA’s in workplace policy and the creation of job descriptions. Source: Brant County Health Unit

Musculoskeletal Disorders 101

Host a seminar that educates employees on musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s), the causes of these injuries, their impact on workers, and strategies to reduce their occurrence.  Invite employees to share their experiences with MSD’s that resulted from work.  Then, call on employees to share their thoughts on MSD risk factors in the workplace.  Listen closely to [...]