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WORKSITE ERGONOMIC SERVICES

WELLNESS INITIATIVES:

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Wellness Initiatives

Employee wellness and wellbeing are an essential component of a healthy and productive workplace. Studies show when your employees are healthy and happy, your organization will be more profitable. Implementing a variety of Worksite wellness strategies helps keep your employees productive and effective at work with reduced absence.

Stretch-Time” On-site Stretching and Self-Care Program

Our “Stretch-Time” Program is just what your employees need to get moving and invigorated throughout the day. Designed (and instructed) by a Physical Therapist, this 12 minute program addresses the cardio-vascular and musculoskeletal system from head to toe. It also provides employees with valuable self-care advice to manage mild musculoskeletal discomfort often experienced as a result of day to day activities and aging.

Safe Work Practices

Our “Safe Work Practices” educational materials help employees to better understand safe and unsafe work postures while providing your supervisor’s performance- based documentation. Formulated from over two decades of observing employees at work, these interactive lists help your employees understand the dos and don’ts of how to work safely and develop better work habits. Available for Office, Material Handling and Lab environments and can be customized specific to any job.

Wellness Program Design and Development

We model our wellness program after the CDC’s Work@Health Program. We’ll provide training and support to you and your wellness team to help you launch and manage your program to achieve a healthier and happier workforce.


INJURY PREVENTION SERVICES

Worksite International, Inc.
Injury Prevention Services

It is said that “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. In today’s technology, you need more than an “apple” to keep employees healthy and free from injury at work. Our full line of ergonomic Worksite analysis services gives you the edge you need in preventing workplace injuries, repetitive motion or material handling type while achieving compliance with appropriate state and federal laws. Worksite International has pioneered ergonomic Worksite analysis (EWA) services in the bay area since our inception in 1993.

Individual or Groups

Whether one employee, ten or 250+ employees need evaluations, we have the services and tools to support your evaluation needs. Using online evaluation tools, self-assessment strategies and live evaluation methods, we can address your individual, department or organizational evaluation needs.

Initial Ergonomics Screen (IES) or Level I

Preventive Ergonomic Worksite Analysis (EWA) (Initial Ergonomics Screen (IES) or Level I)
Our Preventive ergonomic evaluations are designed for employees with no symptoms, low or moderate discomfort but have no diagnosed medical condition or workers’ compensation claim.
The service provides the basics of an ergonomic eval in the office, lab or material handling environment. It includes a brief interview with the employee to identify primary work tasks performed routinely; critical anthropometric measures relative to the employee and their workstation; review of ergonomic risk factors; education, training and quick fixes to maximize equipment placement and use to address any ergonomic risk factors. A brief report of findings and specific recommendations are provided.
On-site time: 30-60 minutes per area evaluated.

Non-Occupational (Medical)

Non‐occupational Medical Ergonomic Worksite Analysis WI’s Non‐Occupational Medical EWA service can be prescribed by an employee’s physician or requested directly by the employer to assist with accommodating an individual with a diagnosed medical condition (no workers’ compensation claim). We utilize the same features found in the Preventive EWA but offer more detail specific to minimizing aggravation of the medical condition while supporting the employee in achieving the essential functions with reasonable accommodations. This evaluation is a preventive approach to FEHA/ADA and FMLA needs where there are no legal or performance factors involved. On-site time: Approximately 2 hours

Technical Ergonomic Worksite Analysis

Our Technical evaluation services are available for non-office or non-traditional jobs, processes or tasks. Our expertise lies in evaluating how people work; from single tasking to complex multi-tasking environments. We focus on the tools and materials handled, the physical demands of work, the ergonomic risk factors of force, repetition and posture, the environment and other critical factors. We identify all feasible solutions using valid methods of measurement to reduce the likelihood of injury or illness as well as improve productivity and efficiency while reducing waste. We are experienced in light and heavy manufacturing industries, technology, Biopharma, Biotech and light assembly as well as complex healthcare environments and many other industries.

Manufacturing, Technology, Biopharma, BioTech, Light Assembly.
Non-office environments (Police, Fire, Maintenance)
Healthcare environments

Worksite International Ergonomics Process (WIEP)

We built our reputation on the WIEP and offer clients a customized approach to developing and managing an ergonomics process. With over 20 years’ experience in macro-ergonomics, we see the best results when ergonomics is applied at an organizational level, operationalized on a day to day basis. Whether you take a team approach or have a single source directing the process, our system offers proven tools and techniques to reduce the onset of injury and illness and minimize the impact of existing workers’ compensation claims or non-occupational disorders using ergonomics to drive change in your organization. The WIEP Start-up Tool Kit is a licensed program that includes consultation, tools and forms needed to get your organization started with a nationally and internationally recognized system. Click Here to Visit our scientific white papers in “Our Results” section to see how our clients have performed over the years using the WIEP.

Facility Design Planning with Ergonomics

Our facility planning process is a systematic approach for developing the physical setting of an organization or institution while keeping ergonomics in the forefront. It helps an organization manage one of its most important assets, the space that it occupies. When renovating or relocating, don’t bring the same design flaws with you to the next location; plan your design with ergonomics in mind. Recent developments in the Green Design Movement has integrated the need for ergonomics in design. The US Green Building Council launched the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System to promote integrated, sustainable, whole-building design and operation. Within the 6 categories to achieve LEED certification is the Innovation and Design process which requires the integration of ergonomics into the plan. Worksite International, Inc. helps clients achieve the ergonomics requirements of LEED.

Pre-Hire/Post-Offer Screen Design

We combine our job analysis service in creating an ADA compliant screen that can be used pre-hire as an agility test or post –offer and fitness for duty test. The screen is designed to accurately reflect the physical demands required to perform the job so you can hire and place the most fit and qualified employees to the job. (WI does not test or evaluate employees.)

Preferred Ergonomics Purchasing Program

Just because a product says it’s ergonomic doesn’t mean that it is ergonomic. Selecting, purchasing and installing ergonomic products suitable for the office or other environments requires a knowledgeable and understanding selection process. Our Preferred Ergonomics Purchasing Program takes the guess work out of what to purchase and why. We will identify the best products within your budget and the vendors who provide them to make it easy for your purchasing, facilities, IT, supervisors and managers to buy with confidence. We’ll help you specify chairs, adjustable height work surfaces, keyboard trays, monitor arms, alternative keyboards, mice and other products to meet your budget, your employee and your work process needs so that it fits with your ergonomics program.

 


WORKERS' COMPENSATION:

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Worker's Compensation Services

Don’t send injured workers back to work without changing how and where they work first. Our workers’ compensation management services are designed to offer you a distinct advantage in minimizing medical costs and excessive, lost time claims while assisting in closing your claims sooner with good resolution. Ergonomics is an essential part of the work injury management process and is sited in the ACOEM guidelines as an approved treatment strategy. Be sure you, your adjusters and your physicians are including ergonomic analysis in the management of your work-related musculoskeletal disorder claims.

Medical Only (MO) WC Ergonomic Worksite Analysis (Level II)

Our Medical Only (MO) WC ergonomic worksite analysis is designed to keep injured workers at work by identifying the root cause or biomechanical actions contributing to their (musculoskeletal) discomfort/injury. We analyze the typical work routine and instruct the employee in safe work practices, self‐care and stretching. Quick fixes and discussion of alternative ways of working and tool use is provided. A thorough report of all findings, actions taken and recommendations including appropriate ergonomic products, facility actions, IT changes and administrative actions are provided. The physician reviews and concurs with this report to make it prescriptive for implementation by the insurer and employer.
On-site time: 60‐90 minutes

Lost Time, Complex Ergonomic Worksite Analysis (Level III)

Ergonomic Worksite Analysis for Return to Work
Our Indemnity WC ergonomic analysis is appropriate for complex, lost time claims where the injured worker has undergone surgery and/or has been out of work for an extended period of time due to the injury. A Functional Limitations Report conducted with the injured employee provides details on the tasks and activities they feel they can/cannot do relative to their injury status. It is used in conjunction with a detailed analysis of the ergonomics and functional issues required of the job. The foundations described in the MO EWA are utilized including recommendations to facilitate a successful RTW plan. This report assists the physician, employer and insurer in determining appropriate modified and transitional work for a successful outcome. Physician concurs with findings to make recommendations part of the treatment plan. Requires employee be released to RTW for assessment.
On-site time: 1.5‐2 hours

WC (or Preventive) Follow-Up Assessment

Follow Up Visit (to prior evaluation)
Our Follow Up visit assures the employer, employee, physician and insurer that the initial evaluation (preventive, MO (WC), Indemnity (WC) or other assessment was implemented to the extent feasible to achieve the expected outcomes. We review the recommendations to validate implementation, assure correct set up of all tools and educate the employee on proper use of new products provided to support SAW/RTW. We provide a report of findings and any additional recommendations to support closure of the case.
On-site time: 1‐2 hours

Integrated Return to Work Program

Our integrated RETURN TO WORK program assists with successful re-integration of injured and ill workers back to the workplace so they can resume productive employment.
Studies suggest that employers can reduce their internal costs by 10-20% and reduce days away from work by 10-25% when they offer an integrated disability management process for employees dealing with lost time absence.
Whether it is an occupational or non-occupational lost time case, our program offers expert advice, development of essential policies and procedures to support your integrated RTW program.Our program helps you achieve compliance and improved outcomes with WC, ADA, FMLA and STD/LTD lost time cases.

Job Analysis and Physical Demands

Job Analysis/Physical Demands
Our Job Analysis is an investigative tool that involves interviewing and observing an individual (injured worker) and/or co‐workers actually perform the job. We document the essential functions, evaluate to what extent and how the work is done focusing on time and effort required. Our job analysis allows the employer, physician and insurer to determine whether the employee is fit to return to work or requires accommodation. This document assists with creating appropriate modified duty and transitioning the injured worker back to full duty.
On-site time: 2‐3 hours per job analysis

Job Matching (Gap Analysis to match job function to ability)

Match Job Function to Ability
This on-site function‐ matching service combines ergonomic analysis, job analysis and physical demands with on-site testing of an employee’s abilities and limitations to match them to their current job’s essential functions. Our analysis and report takes the guess work out of whether the employee can perform the task with or without an accommodation for the purpose of RTW, modified or otherwise. Physician must release employee to RTW for this analysis and on-site testing.
On-site time: Approximately 4 hours; 2 visits recommended

 


DISABILITY MANAGEMENT (ADA):

 

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Disability Management (ADA)

Our Disability Management programs are designed to assure you compliance with the ADA, EEOC, DOJ and FEHA. We help you and your employees through the Interactive Process in a fair and just way by identifying work methods, tools and other strategies to achieve essential functions whenever possible. Through our exclusive ADA Reasonable Accommodation assessment, we have helped our clients achieve Title I compliance since 1993 by identifying appropriate solutions to keep employees with physical impairments at work performing their essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations. Our medical-legal reports are defensible in court, if needed. In addition, we offer assistance with Title III Accessibility audits and studies to assure equal access for all.

ADA Reasonable Accommodation Assessment

ADA Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Assessment (Interactive Process)
Our ADA RA Assessment is fully compliant with FEHA/ADA and the EEOC’s criteria in performing the interactive process with your employee when a reasonable accommodation is needed. Whether it is for a permanent workers’ compensation injury or other medical condition or disability, this service is the best option to identify the most appropriate reasonable accommodations for a successful RTW. We work with all parties involved in the case to identify the solutions that support accommodation. We utilize our functional limitations report, ergonomic analysis, job analysis and functional job matching assessment tools to create the ADA RA Assessment report. Our legally defensible process minimizes litigation and costs for the employer while assuring a successful outcome.
On-site time: 2‐3 hours

 


EMPLOYEE AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING PROGRAMS:

 

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Employee and Management Training Programs

Training is a fundamental component in any workplace injury prevention and management program. You can’t hold your employees, supervisors and managers accountable if you don’t train them in safe work practices and their expected performance. Safety doesn’t need to happen by accident; offering training in office ergonomics, lab ergonomics, back safety and other areas gives employees an opportunity to self-correct their behavior when possible. Training and education provides the foundation for safe work practices and discussion to drive change in the organization. We offer customized training in many areas to address your ergonomics, workers’ compensation and disability management needs.

Train the Evaluator™ (“DIY ERGONOMICS”)

Learning objectives:

Discuss the impact of health and productivity legislations and regulations on today’s workforce and the role of ergonomics in wellness, injury prevention, workers’ comp and disability management.
Define ergonomics, MSDs, CTDs, RMIs and the primary and secondary risk factors that contribute to their development as well as the relationship to workers’ compensation claims.
Discuss the science of sitting and standing along with how to perform a chair evaluation and demonstration.
Identify proper workstation set-ups for all ranges of users including standing stations.
Learn how to use Anthropometrics to measure and match the work area to the worker.
Identify critical ergonomic office products and accessories that can be used to minimize risk factors and improve ergonomics in the work environment.
Learn how to evaluate, at minimum, an office environment using the principles of ergonomics and create solutions for success.
Build your ergonomics program to drive down your workers’ compensation premiums and associated costs.

Read what past participants say about Worksite International’s “DIY Ergonomics Training”

Back Safety and Material Handling Ergonomics Training

Training Objectives:

Understand basic anatomy and the structures that need to be protected from injury in your job.
Understand what the ergonomic risk factors are that may cause an injury for your particular job.
Learn how to manage mild discomfort through musculoskeletal first aide.
Observe proper body mechanics demonstration for lifting, pushing and pulling tasks as well as repetitive motion tasks.
Participants will identify their own material handling safe work practices as it pertains to their job demands.
Understand the benefits of stretching and participate in an active stretching program as part of the training.

Laboratory Ergonomics Training

Training Objectives:

Understand the application of ergonomics in the prevention and management of Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD) and Repetitive Motion injuries (RMI) at the Research Lab.
Recognize early signs and symptoms associated with the most common types of CTDs.
Identify through slide discussion the most common ergonomic risk factors and the associated tasks performed in the Biology and Chemistry Labs.
Learn how to control the risks, hazards and signs and symptoms through neutral posture technique, alternative pipette handling techniques, proper chair use, setting up your lab bench or bio safety hood correctly and practicing self-care with stretching and other strategies.
Define your role and responsibility in injury prevention.

Office Ergonomics

Objectives:

Understand ergonomics and how it can lead to a repetitive motion injury (RMI) or cumulative trauma disorder (CTD).
Identify the most common office ergonomic risk factors leading to injury.
Realize the common signs and symptoms associated with a CTD.
Learn how to control the risks, hazards and signs and symptoms through proper chair use, setting up your workstation and practicing safe work practices through self-care.
Understand the components of your employer’s ergonomics program and your responsibility in staying injury-free.

Chair Assessment Training

Objectives of the Class:

Introduction to the Science of Sitting.
Overview of YOUR Chair Standards Program.
Ergonomic Chair Anatomy: Understanding all the “Bells and Whistles” for best fit.
How to Select and Fit the Right Chair for your employee.
Standing at Work: Learn appropriate standing work measurements. Determine if it is Appropriate or Necessary? Who gets an Adjustable work surface?

The Manager’s Role in Work Injury Prevention and Management

Presented by: Alison Heller M.S., P.T., CIE, CMC:

The manager’s role in WORK INJURY PREVENTION
A. What is your role in the Injury Prevention process?
B. What is an Occupational Injury or Illness? What is a Cumulative Trauma Disorder? What is ergonomics? What are injury cost drivers?
C. What Makes a Successful Program? Organizational response to safety
D. 7 Successful Ergonomic Strategies For Managers

The manager’s role in WORK INJURY MANAGEMENT
A. What is Work Injury Management? What are the benefits? What does it promote?
B. Return to Work Survey For Manager’s Handout

The First Minutes of the Injury Process:
A. Avoid Setting the Wrong Attitude
B. Preserving Employability

9 Winning Strategies for Managers to Successfully Manage Work Injuries

And other custom trainings






“We really appreciated your Chair Assessment Training primarily the hands-on part and demonstration on conducting the chair measurements and explaining the purpose for each measurement. We also appreciated your passion and expertise. Thank you!”

Maria Hoyos-Moya

Loss Control and Prevention Specialist

LICENSES, SOFTWARE AND OTHER PRODUCTS:

 

Worksite International, Inc.
Licenses, Software and Other Products

Over the years, we have created valid tools, techniques and systems that help our clients “do it themselves”. From our chair quality and competency program to our self-assessment software to our nationally and internationally recognized WIEP Start-Up system, we have the tools to help you effectively develop and manage ergonomics in your workplace achieving substantial return on investment over time. Our research proves it!


Web-based Online Analysis and Training License Job Evaluation Suite
Chair Assessment System Software
Safe Work Practice Cards for Office, Material Handling and Patient Handling
Pre-recorded Webinars