Injury PreventionMusculoskeletal disorders are the most common cause of workers compensation claims in Australia. At AXIS, we believe prevention is better than cure. That is why we offer the following range of Injury Prevention strategies to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal disorders in your workplace.
A task analysis (single job) or job dictionary (all jobs) is a comprehensive list of demands within an organisation and is an integral part of an injury prevention and management program. They provide essential and quantified information on the physical and functional requirements of a worker’s job.
Information from Task Analyses can be utilised for:
- Targeted pre-employment or post-employment screenings.
- Functional capacity evaluations of injured workers.
- As part of RTW/Injury Management Package, provided to treating Doctors or other health professionals to assist in more accurately prescribing suitable duties.
- To assist in the risk management process of managing hazardous manual tasks.
AXIS pre-employment screenings are designed for clients who require a structured functional and physical screening assessment which matches the critical job demands of a candidate’s role. It is separate to a medical pre-employment examination.
A screening can be undertaken to determine if a worker can meet the genuine occupational requirements of a specific job. It can occur prior to employment or periodically throughout employment. A report is completed following the screening, and provides valuable information regarding a workers capacity to safely meet their full physical and functional job demands.
Manual task risk assessments are utilised by AXIS as part of a comprehensive risk management model, in order to help protect your workers and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. This involves examining the characteristics of the hazardous manual task, to assess whether the exposure, forces, movements and postures undertaken by the worker increase their risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders.
AXIS Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge, expertise and understanding of the relationship between work practice, work environment and the mechanisms of injury and illness. This allows them to provide expert analysis and guidance using various risk assessment tools.
Active Office Program
Adopting a risk management approach, our training programs for office workers are designed according to the specific needs of your workplace. Exploring the physical, functional and cognitive demands of a workplace, it discusses how associated workplace hazards can cause musculoskeletal disorders. Ideal ergonomic design, appropriate equipment use and work practices that reduce sedentary behaviour are discussed. The training is engaging & practical, and encourages communication and problem solving with your staff, to identify and reduce office-based risk factors that lead to injury. Handouts and posters can also be designed specific to your workplace.
Train the Trainer
For large organisations, a train the trainer program can be delivered which aims to educate and upskill workers on ergonomic checks and principles. The trainers will then have the capability to undertake basic assessments within your workplace as required.
Active Office Program
Bespoke Ergonomic Checklists
AXIS can assess your workplace needs and create a bespoke ergonomic checklist that considers your workplace’s own practices, procedures and equipment. This is more meaningful than the many generic ergonomic checklists that are often used by workplaces. For example, if your workplace has predominantly one particular chair or sit to stand desk, the features and usability of this equipment can be considered.
Activity Based Workplaces (ABW)
Based on prolific evidence that sedentary postures are detrimental to our health, AXIS can assist your workplace in identifying strategies to sit less and move more. Many options are possible, including work area design or modification, new equipment (such as sit to stand workstations), changes in work practices (such as standing meetings) or simply removing rubbish bins from desks to encourage more regular movement. Reviewing workplace culture, practices and ‘buy in’ at all levels is important to explore.
Safe Moves Program
The AXIS Safe Moves Program provides practical and evidence-based guidance for managing the risks associated with hazardous manual tasks that may lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Adopting a risk management approach, our Safe Moves Programs are designed according to the physical, functional and cognitive demands of your work place. The program encourages a thorough understanding of hazardous manual tasks and the best way to manage the associated risks.
The characteristics of a hazardous manual task and how they can directly stress the body and lead to musculoskeletal disorders are discussed through specific workplace examples. The effect of psychosocial stress on the individual as a risk for musculoskeletal disorders is also explored. Furthermore, the program discusses how a workers’ individual health and fitness can influence their risk for injury.
In understanding all possible hazards that may contribute to musculoskeletal disorders, discussion around appropriate control measures to eliminate or reduce the risk of injury is also explored. The training is engaging and practical and encourages communication and problem solving around such topics as; is there only one safe way to lift? When and how is the best way to warm up? What to do if you cannot avoid working in awkward postures?