Reducing Workplace Risk

Poor ergonomic design and layout of work areas are a major contributor to musculoskeletal strains and sprains. WFR offers comprehensive services focused on reducing ergonomic risk in the workplace via assessment services. These include:

Job Task Ergonomic Assessments

Job Role Profiling involves the observation and assessment of job roles within a business. As well as collecting data and images related to these job roles, feedback is received from the employees on the performance of these tasks, including items such as postures, load handling techniques, team work, work environment layout, and the use of mechanical aids. WFR use this information to produce a Job Role Profile (JRP).

JRP’s are collated to form a Job Role Dictionary, which could be utilised in recruitment, development of return to work processes, hazard identification, risk management and more.

Ergonomic Task Analyses are a more in-depth observation and assessment of a job role or task and are typically conducted to investigate an incident or injury.

Following the assessment, WFR will compile a Risk Analysis Report. This report identifies and assesses all risk factors, and then utilises a Hierarchy of Control process to outline recommendations to help mitigate the risks of that task or role.

Office Ergonomics

Workstation Ergonomic Assessments are completed on office workstations. The assessments are comprehensive, based on both the physical and human factors of the work environment. Typically delivered over a 20-30 minute individual consultation, it involves assessment and education on all aspects of the chair, desk items and IT hardware positioning. Individual or group reports can be provided, outlining any areas for concern and recommendations for workstations assessed.

To assist with ownership and sustainability of the office ergonomic process, WFR can deliver comprehensive Ergonomic Assessor Training workshops to nominated individuals to provide them the extra knowledge to play this role. Upon completion of the workshop, they will have the confidence in their ability to provide individual consultations on office workstations, and education and feedback to individuals on any areas of concern.

Finally, Work Healthy, Stay Healthy™ has been developed to educate the office-based employee on managing the physical and mental aspects of their job role. The workshop has a comprehensive focus on workstation ergonomics, postural awareness, vision health, nutrition and stress management.

The workshop is highly practical and includes eye / vision exercises, At-Your-Desk stretching exercises, flexibility and postural assessments and other interactive activities.

Fatigue Management Training

WFR’s Fit 4 Work™ workshop is a perfect addition to a company’s induction process or as a stand-alone training workshop, covering the various factors that may affect an individual’s
ability to perform their duties in a healthy and safe manner. Including:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • How do I become “Fit 4 Work”
  • Support Services

Once complete, individuals will have the knowledge and education required to better manage their own fitness for work.

Functional Assessments

MusculoFit™ is WFR’s musculoskeletal health improvement program that involves screening, consultation and ongoing support with the aim to:

  • Increase employee’s awareness of their musculoskeletal health status.
  • Provide employees the tools and advice they need to improve or maintain this health status.
  • Provide the employer health data, to which a musculoskeletal injury prevention strategy can be planned, implemented and delivered over an ongoing period.

Whilst flexibility, posture and strength measures are all typically included, the ‘screening protocol’ is customised to best fit the physical demands of the specific job roles. Those identified at a higher-risk of injury are provided individualised conditioning programs. A re-screening after 3 months measures the improvement in the musculoskeletal health of each individual and of the employee group as a whole.

WFR provides the coordination, delivery and administration of a comprehensive range of Pre-Employment Medical Assessment (PEMs) services provided by a team of medical and health professionals. A typical WFR PEM protocol includes:

  • Medical assessment
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Drug & Alcohol screen
  • Audiometry assessment
  • Spirometry (lung) screen

Acting as the central point of contact, WFR will coordinate all communication and bookings with the employer, the employee and medical centre location.

At the completion of each assessment the employer receives a Medical Review Letter for the PEM to assist the employer in the potential recruitment process of the employee.

Injury Management Support

WFR’s Injury Management Support services provides maximum value to the Health
and Safety department. Exercise Physiologists have the ability to assess, treat, prescribe rehabilitation and strengthening programs, as well as report on musculoskeletal injuries. The Exercise Physiologist works directly with the onsite Health and Safety team to maintain and improve the injury management process.

WFR also supports its clients with Workers Compensation case management, return-to-work planning and programming and liaising with the case management team. WFR can also coordinate and complete Functional Capacity Evaluations on request to assist the return-to-work process.

WFR’s solutions are systematic, proactive and sustainable. All of these programs can work alongside a range of WFR health and wellbeing solutions including Preventing Workplace Injuries, Boosting Employee Health and Enhancing Mental Wellbeing.

WFR work with you to assess your needs and customise a solution to help minimise the modifiable risks and improve your people’s overall fitness.

Contact us today to discuss an approach for your organisation.