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Policy Ideas – 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 [...]

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

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