Ergonomics and Employee Accommodations
With COVID-19 influencing workplace design, location, and set up, we are experiencing a shift in business models to support remote working arrangements and incentives. Now many businesses are returning to the workplace and regular operations. Due to COVID-19, many changes have to be made in how we interact with each other, navigate space, and conduct business. As we make those changes to procedures, tools, workstations, and the environment, individuals will be impacted, sometimes negatively. It is important to consider ergonomic concepts and reflect on how they might apply to the "new normal" in order to avoid aches, pain, stress, musculoskeletal injuries, and especially employee time loss. You can move from a reactive ergonomic program to a preventative one, saving your company a ton of money and prevent costly injury claims!
Home Office Ergonomic Assessments
Remote working can be challenging without the proper supports, equipment and technology in place. What may have started out as temporary work locations are becoming permanent remote worksites. Working on a laptop from the kitchen table or couch can cause discomfort and potential injuries. We teach employees basic ergonomic principles and help get them set up for improved comfort and productivity. We teach healthy working behaviours and how to optimize current equipment and furniture. Follow-up ergonomic coaching is available to assist in furniture or equipment procurement and set up.
Virtual Ergonomics Assessments
Our occupational therapists have received their COVID-19 vaccines and we continue to prioritize our customers' safety, reducing risks associated with COVID-19 through our innovative web-based mobile ergonomic assessments and secure video conferencing. We offer these virtual ergonomic assessments for home offices and worksite offices across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario!
Worksite Office Ergonomics Assessments
Our occupational therapists are Matheson System trained Ergonomists. We conduct worksite office ergonomic assessments and home office ergonomic assessments in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. We identify ergonomic risk factors to improve comfort and reduce musculoskeletal injuries/disorders. The comprehensive report outlines engineering/furniture, administrative, and behavioural recommendations. Educational resources are provided to our clients to increase engagement in healthy working behaviours.
Industrial Ergonomic Assessments
An in-depth ergonomic 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.
Worksite and Home Office Ergonomics - Guidelines for healthy working: 1-hour Live Webinar for employees and supervisors
Manual Material Handling Training for the Industrial Worker: 1-hour on site training
Job Demands Analysis
A job demands analysis (JDA) is an essential building block and useful tool for any Health and Safety or Human Resource professional. A JDA is the assessment of the physical, cognitive, psychosocial aspects of a job, included in the essential and bona fide occupational requirements (BFOR) of the work. Our occupational therapists conduct Job Demands Analysis, to be used for matching employees safely to jobs within their capabilities and to determine appropriate accommodations following injury, illness, or disability.
Cognitive Functional Capacity Evaluations
A CogFCE is a specific Functional Capacity Evaluation that assesses the functional impairment of a client’s memory, attention, planning, problem-solving, learning, impulsivity, and tolerance for multiple demands. The evaluation includes a variety of standardized and functional assessments conducted in the clinic and in the community. The evaluation report will outline the impact of any changes in cognitive function and recommend customized strategies to accommodate or minimize the condition. This CogFCE is appropriate for clients who have experienced a mild brain injury/concussion, stroke, cancer treatment affecting cognition and other conditions. Workplace accommodations and rehabilitation recommendations, including cognitive return to work readiness therapy, vestibular therapy, and mental health treatment may be indicated. This assessment is conducted as an overlay to the physical FCE to allow for the evaluation of physical and cognitive tolerances in preparation for vocational planning and job matching.
BrainFx Cognitive Assessments
Brain Fx 360 Cognitive Assessments BrainFx PDF Brochure
BrainFx 360 is a web and tablet-based assessment of Neurofunction TM. The client complete 62 multi-sensory, real-life and simulated activities on a tablet that measures performance on 30 cognitive skills. Because more complex cognitive skills are measured, it is designed to discern subtle dysfunction. When a baseline assessment has been completed, reports can be compared to understand the degree of change, providing a useful functional and clinical outcome measure. Designed for people (age 10 & Up) with concussion/mild TBI, stroke, mental illness, dementia, and other neurological disorders or conditions with cognitive effects.
Employee Accommodation Assessments
As occupational therapists, our team of OT's are knowledgable and experienced at identifying disability-related workplace accommodations such as equipment and assistive technology for people with physical, cognitive, mental health, and sensory needs. Partnering with support and solution providers such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Canadian Association of the Deaf, our therapists help employers and their employees implement ergonomic and disability accommodation solutions together, facilitating successful return to work and stay at work programs.