Resources

Supportive Work Environment – 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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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