Workplace Ergonomics — Health Care

Powerful strategies to reduce injury and increase human productivity in the workplace.

The Goal

MSIP for Health Care Sector accomplishes reduced risk and incidence of workplace injuries and optimizes health of health care workers through ergonomic education and provision of useful tools and strategies.

Workplace strain injury is the most common yet preventable injury causing over 60% of health care workers perform their jobs in pain. Early detection and treatment can prevent prolonged injury occurrence. Previous injuries, poor posture, illness, improper ergonomics and improper patient handling techniques contribute to chronic pain, strain injury, reinjury and potential long-term disability. Identifying workplace risks for injury, as well as knowing the causes, symptoms and how to treat and prevent strain injury, can go a long way toward creating a healthy workplace. Applying the 4 P’s of ergonomics (planning, prioritizing, pacing and posture) to work tasks has been shown to significantly reduce workplace pain and injuries and successfully assist workers in return to work after an injury. Review of basic transfer and patient handling procedures and use of innovative equipment not only prevents worker injury but promotes optimal independence of clients. Learning about their own body asymmetries promotes postural adjustments and use of correct body mechanics to prevent injury. Review of basic pre and post-workplace exercises, stretches and fitness pursuits which follow the Motion is Lotion premise to keep bodies strong and supple and less likely to become injured and stimulate discussion regarding community fitness options.

Learning Outcomes

Handouts

Who should buy and watch Webinar?

CEO’s, administrators, health care workers, clinicians, occupational and physical therapists, and social workers. Reconnect Webinars are designed to be introductory level for CEO’s, administrators and social workers, intermediate level for health care workers and clinicians, and advanced level for occupational and physical therapists.

Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT

An outspoken critic on the impact of technology on human development, behavior, and productivity

Webinar creator Cris Rowan, is passionate about changing the ways in which humans use and interact with technology. Cris has developed a concept termed Balanced Technology Management (BTM) where humans strive to manage balance between healthy activity and technology

She works globally and locally and has cross culture relevance from indigenous and developing communities. Cris is a visionary, who clearly sees that the ways in which humans are using technology are not sustainable, and the time to act is now. Activist, advocate, author, and prolific speaker, Cris helps people move from the virtual, back into the real world.