Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of designing and arranging the physical environment, equipment, and organization of work to most safely and effectively fit the human body. Injuries resulting from poor ergonomics—known as work-related musculoskeletal disorders—account for more than one-third of all on-the-job injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These pack a financial punch, with US employers footing a bill that exceeds $65 billion in direct and indirect costs from workers’ compensation fees, lost productivity, recruiting, absenteeism, litigation, and even human error.

Our Employer Relations Program considers ergonomics a vital component for employers. Our Occupational Therapy teams provides constructive assessments of workstation ergonomics. Their thoroughness in evaluations and follow-up will assist employers in preventing and managing work-related injuries.

BTE system available for standard, specific and consistent physical parameter testing for post-employment offers as well as fitness for duty/return to work physical parameter evaluations.

Focus is also placed on continuing education and training of employees on injury prevention and safety awareness. Our Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy departments are available for on-site consultations. Our Employer Relations Program highlights these areas:

•    Worksite Review
•    Workstation Setup
•    Risk Identification & Implementation of Improvements
•    Physical Therapy
•    Occupational Therapy
•    Employee Education and Training

For more information on Worksite Wellness, please contact Chris Smith (RN), Occupational Health Coordinator, at 715.743.8447 or csmith@MemorialMedCenter.org.