In ALL sectors of industry, the ‘repetitive strain injury (RSI)’ occurs.
By definition the RSI is a misnomer. Essentially it’s a category which includes a vast array of conditions and disorders affecting tendons, muscles, nerves, tendon sheaths and joints. Pain can be consistent and reoccurring throughout the neck, shoulders, elbows, forearms, wrists, hands, upper and lower back and lower body. The RSI’s can be a direct result of repetitive, postural and positional activity that results in damage to the above areas of the body. Because it is cumulative and not traumatic, the RSI can go undetected for quite awhile until the breakdown of the body’s tissue, leaving the individual unable to continue.
There is plenty of data and information on the biomechanics and physiology of RSI’s on the internet. In this blog we will not cover that. What we are concerned with is…
…What is an Employer to DO?
As mentioned in our previous blog: “Often the exact demands of an occupation are misjudged or overlooked by employers. This is to no fault of the employers, but often a lack of knowledge and time does not permit the analysis for such things.”
The RSI is not a new concept, nor has it been ignored. The key issue is employers require assistance in identification of the problems associated with the RSI’s and have in place training for prevention and enhancement of the employee. This training must be specialized and custom for the sector and individual. A person who works in the tech-department who suffers from shoulder “RSI’s” vs a shipper-receiver who suffers from shoulder “RSI’s” as well have completely different reasons for them. In assessing the different individuals, we would find why the RSI’s are occurring and be able to prescribe the training protocol for each individually. Inevitably after are period each would find themselves in less pain, happier and more functional; and therefore, effective at their job.
Preventively speaking an ‘ergonomic evaluation’ is helpful in determining how the work environment and worker positioning is affecting RSI occurrence. This can be completed alongside concerns over individual employee health, which would comprise a comprehensive plan.
10/16/2017 0 Comments
Often the exact demands of an occupation are misjudged or overlooked by employers. This is to no fault of the employers, but often a lack of knowledge and time does not permit the analysis for such things. However, companies need employees to perform the tasks required in order to be productive in the workplace and therefore be competitive in the marketplace!
Reasons for Job Preparedness:
- Strengthens your workforce to provide more predictable and efficient outcomes
- Saves money in hiring time, workforce flexibility and injury time
- Piece of mind that your hires are capable for the job
- Increases company loyalty by improving reputation and respect for employers
- Provides a marker for future job requirements, changes, promotion and weeding out unlikely candidates
- Each occupation sector has its unique requirements and should be assessed as such (one size does not fit all)
There are different types of injuries that negatively affect the workforce in a company…
…The obvious type where an employee has catastrophic injury resulting in paralysis or impairment or even death. The prevention attached to those are most looked at by employers through safety policy/procedure. These are more often reported by health and safety. A company will proclaim there success (“No. of days injury free”) by it as well.
…Another type occurs with a fall or equipment/materials related incident whereby the employee requires therapy and return to work evaluations.
…Perhaps the more common and yet insidious injuries are those that occur quietly and linger the longest and most related to the work itself. These are chronic, irritating injuries that result in decreased productivity, morale and loyalty. The negative cost of these is immeasurable and can affect a company’s ability to move forward. These injuries are usually preventable. Job preparedness and sustainability play a key role with injury prevention of this type.
If a company can authorize functional testing for all its employees in a sector, along with the follow up training, the employees are less likely to suffer in silence and therefore become more productive as a result. That is wellness.
10/4/2017 0 Comments
A sector, in industry, is the category with which the type of work occurs. Sectors such as manufacturing, hospitality, shipping/receiving, landscaping and construction, service sectors such as police and fire, and medical. All of them have a physical element involved in the work day. Each physical element can be problematic due to the repetitive nature and irregular demand of each day.