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Injury Prevention

Office based (Ergonomic) program

The office based ergonomic program is designed to reduce the soft tissue injuries that occur in the office. Often, the injury risk associated with these injuries are low, however there are some common debilitating conditions that keep office workers off work for lengthy periods of time. These are mostly preventable.

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • RSI injuries of the wrist and elbow

Our program empowers workers in a 1 hour interactive boardroom training session, followed by either a group practical session (30 minute) or 1 on 1 office set ups where the worker will need to set up their own desk (with the supervision of the instructor) to pass the module.

Workplace theory and practice program
Workers that are performing tasks that either put repetitive stress or high forces on the body put them at a higher risk of injury. The ‘Workplace theory and practical program’ provides a comprehensive 1 hour interactive theory session followed by either:

  1. Group based practical session where actual tasks performed are reviewed while the workers demonstrate the task, followed by an in depth (biomechanical) analysis and instruction of optimal task performance.
  2. 1 on 1 task analysis with individual feedback, along with a specific core, leg and arm strength tests to determine the risk of injury. The exercise physiologist will also give feedback on how to improve these areas.

Pre-Employment Screening
Many ployers, especially those that have a higher risk of injury screen their workers prior to them commencing employment. The My Health Team pre-employment medical and physical is a comprehensive review of the workers functional capacity and medical status. One study showed that workers that are un screened are 2.38 times more likely to have a knee, back or shoulder injury compared to the screened workers 1. Our pre employment screening incorporates the following:

Functional Screening

  • blood pressure check
  • height and weight measurement
  • Cardiovascular fitness test
  • musculo-skeletal exam
  • back injury risk assessment
  • balance assessment
  • manual handling evaluation.

Medical Screening

  • vision test
  • hearing test
  • alcohol and drug test
  • spirometry test (when required)

1. Rosenblum, K.E &Shanker, A. 2006, A study of the effects of isokinetic pre-employment physical capability screening in the reduction of musculoskeletal disorders in a labor intensive work environment. Work. 26(2):215 – 28

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