Image description
Image description

STRIDE ERGOLAB services-


Ergonomics workplace analysis (EWA)

In house RSI Clinic

In house Ergo Clinic

Remote Ergonomic workstation Analysis (REWA)

Train the trainer office ergonomics

Ergonomic design & workstation review

Return to Work Programs & Assessments

Ergonomic chair & workstation assessment

Manual Handling Assessments

Industrial Ergonomic Assessments (Task risk factor analysis)

Industrial Ergonomic Surveys

Vehicle Assessment

Physical demand analysis

Manual material handling training

Train the trainer

Floor wise ergonomic awareness training

Onsite stretching/exercise program

Desktop Yoga training

Entire factory observational ergonomic risk audit & report submission

Assistance for New Designs (tools, furniture) and Technical Specifications (chairs, consoles, etc.)

Soft Tissue Injury Prevention Programming

Addressing the Aging Workforce

Micro break Training

EMG and Goniometry Analysis Two Day Manufacturing Ergonomics Training for Engineers, EHS, Facility Managers, Industrial Engineers, etc


 

ERGONOMIC TRAINING TOPICS


Healthy Computing Workshop.

Ergonomics in other Professions (e.g., laboratory, manufacturing, assembly line, use of precision tools, music, etc.).

Manual Material Handling training

Ergonomics at home.

Sleep and its Importance.

How to identify that stress has affected my life?

Stress & work related pain

RSI among IT professionals

Aging & work productivity

Work Related Health Issues during Pregnancy and after Child Birth.

Ergonomics in School

Driving ergonomics

Travel ergonomics

Hand held devices ergonomic training

Visual ergonomics training

Laptop ergonomics

Work from home ergonomics

Back care ergonomics

Healthy back ergonomics rule

Recreational ergonomics

Kitchen ergonomics

Ergonomics for women

Ergonomics for children

Gestational ergonomics

Ergonomics for patient handlers

Ergonomics for physiotherapist


 

Ergonomic workplace analysis (EWA)-

Computer Workstation/ Manufacturing /Assembly Lines/

Our trained and experienced Ergonomists will perform assessments to find the true cause of the problem through internationally approved, validated and standardized assessment tools such as RULA (rapid upper limb assessment), Nordic pain questionnaire, and computer workstation checklists. Other Assessment Tools can be utilized for specific tasks include Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA), Strain Index, HAL, PLIBEL, Muscle Fatigue Assessment, Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation, Borg RPE Scale, OCRA Methods,ART,KIM and MAPO Index

Once the problem areas are identified, we will provide with cost effective, easily implemented and evidence based solutions that show quick results and boost employee productivity. These solutions may not usually require you to replace the existing workplace components (i.e. desk, chair, monitors, height adjustments, foot stools etc.) and may only entail adjustments and reorganization.

 

In-house RSI Clinic

The purpose of In-house clinic is to provide employees with the benefit of customized treatment for their musculoskeletal disorders at the company premise. Our physicians and therapists are highly trained for the assessment and treatment of work related musculoskeletal pain, also known as repetitive strain injuries (RSI).

Based on the assessment, our therapists will be able to find the severity of the symptoms and design treatment (Specialized Physiotherapy, Strength Training, Tai-chi, Alexander Technique and more) specific to the problems of the employees.

Typically, in-house RSI clinic is offered as a continual programme to companies, where therapists can monitor and treat employees on a regular basis


 

Advantages of having an On-site programme (In-house RSI Clinic)

Convenience of employees, saving time and greater compliance

Promoting earlier reporting of symptoms and therefore faster and complete recovery

Better follow up regarding recovery, modifications at work and return to work

Identification of personal medical risk factors

More effective coordination with members of Human Resources, Facilities and Health Safety team

Highly cost effective: our on-site treatment can typically bring down the organizational medical bills by 50%

 


In house Ergo Clinic

Ergo Staffing

Health, safety and wellness perks serving as key factors in employee attraction, retention, presenteeism, productivity and quality many of our clients have discovered the convenience and cost benefit of having an in-house ergonomist. With an ergo credentialed ergonomist on-site office staff and management can address needs immediately and develop long-term plans that take into account the benefits of a multitude of services and long range planning. Your on-site ergonomist will serve as a valuable team member but without the added cost and admin time. Consultant Ergonomists can serve as the point person, taking that task away from busy managers in Human Resources, Health and Safety, IT/Tech, Facilities and other department who may share in the ownership of ergonomics.

 


On-Site 1:1 Evaluations


On Site Ergonomic Workstation Evaluations:

An ergonomist from STRIDE Ergo Lab will meet privately with each individual in their designated workspace. Ergonomic evaluation goals will include: improving the individual’s current workstation orientation and postures through on the spot changes, educating the individual on neutral ergonomic postures and opportunities to self-correct, identification of ergonomic risk factors/red flags, and data collection regarding comfort/discomfort status and to identify work tasks & general work habits.  At the close of the evaluation the ergonomist will have collected necessary data for report generation, be it a formal write up or a brief synopsis.

Level 1: Mini Evaluations

These evaluations are an economical, concise, yet effective option to controlling workplace related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).  Our trained ergonomists spend 20 minutes with each employee and makes “on the spot” changes to posture and equipment placement.  This also includes a thorough review of the employees chair and all the adjustability features.  These evaluations are best suited to symptom-free workers and those considered being at low MSD risk.  They also are useful as part of a new hire orientation, when upgrading office equipment, renovating workspaces, or relocating to new facilities.  These are a great tool for sweeping large groups of employees or done in conjunction with a lunch and learn seminar.

Mini Workstation Evaluations

20 minute 1:1 assessments of the workstation

Abbreviated Written Recommendations Provided plus spread sheet of equipment needs (if equipment needs is requested)

3 employees / hour / evaluator

Level 2: Protective Evaluations

Level 2 evaluations are more comprehensive in nature than Level 1 evaluations. Lasting 30-45 minutes apiece, these evaluations are ideal for workers with symptoms, doctor notes, returning from surgery, involved in physical and occupational therapy and those who work in high-risk jobs, such as data entry and materials handling. Level 2 evaluations are designed for individuals with registered complaints or with Symptom Survey pain scale score of 3 or more.  As part of the Level 2 evaluation process, STRIDE Ergo Lab will provide a detailed report of overall ergonomic conditions with workstations and work areas, changes made to the workstation and recommendations for future modifications

Level 2 Workstation Evaluations

30- Minute 1:1 consultation by ergonomist

Symptom Survey & RULA Postural Score/Test

Photos (Before and After if Indicated)

Summary Report with recommendations & Links

1.3 employees evaluated per hour on site

Off Site Report Generation


REWA (Remote Ergonomics Workstation Assessment) Analysis

These evaluations are done for distant sites or teleworkers.  Here an employee has to send two Front & Side view sitting photo with a small video, and fill out a brief questionnaire.  Once this information is submitted we’ll make phone and/or email contact to schedule you ergo phone assessment & skype consultation.  Just as with the onsite evaluations we’ll review your workspace equipment and postures, review your level of comfort/discomfort, discuss on the spot changes as well as equipment options, work space modifications and next steps.  Follow-up services include a report reviewing red flags, changes discussed and action item/next steps. STRIDE Ergo Lab  works with corporations and individuals and can launch a portal on your own corporate internet.  These are a less expensive means of providing assessment and can be a great first step to your ergo evaluation process.

 

Train the trainer office ergonomics

Training an in-house team can be an effective and economical way to address ergonomic concerns and requests not triggered by high-risk job functions or high-discomfort reports. STRIDE Ergo Lab  can assist in building an internal team of ergonomists for your organization. Our “Train the Trainer” course will guide selected internal staff members on how to identify and correct ergonomic risk factors. This in-house team will become an ongoing organizational asset when evaluating employees, new hires and for addressing workplace ergonomics following moves and renovations. Train the Trainer coursework comprises six hours and includes a review of proper ergonomics, common workplace injuries, understanding equipment options and equipment placement, facilities options, risk factor identification, evaluation tools and hands-on time to watch and also perform ergonomic assessments.

 

 

Ergonomic design & workstation review

Ensure the task, equipment or product parameters meet ergonomic design standards and “fit the worker” by conducting an ergonomic design review.

 

Are you designing a new manufacturing process, work procedure, product or office space? If so, ensure you are designing with people in mind. Have a qualified Ergonomist on your design team. By “designing to fit the worker” you will save your organization money and resources to fix future problems.

 

If you are purchasing new office chairs, desks and equipment, have an Ergonomist review the products you have selected to ensure they will be suitable for your jobs and employees. Do not wait until you have installed all new equipment to have it reviewed. This can be a costly mistake. We often see organizations buy the same “ergonomic” chairs and keyboard trays for all staff members, only to find out that the keyboard trays are too small and the chairs do not have all of the required adjustments.

When we review your design we work hand in hand with your team. We provide you with the critical ergonomic dimensions, pictures or drawings, and the vendor information you need to ensure an ergonomic design.

 

Return to Work Programs & Assessments

Successful accommodation often requires ergonomic controls

Are you struggling getting employees back to their pre-injury jobs quickly and effectively?

Do you have employees on restricted duties for extended periods of time?

Do you get doctor notes from employees saying “employee is unable to return work”.

If so, it may be worth reviewing your Return to Work procedures to ensure they are setting consistent standards and expectations.

STRIDE Ergo Lab works with employers to assess the physical demands of jobs and determine job suitability. We provide options for accommodation to ensure an employee can perform their work safely within their current capabilities. We can also assist with the preparation of effective Return to Work Plans. Our plans are based on the employee’s injury or disability and medical healing times. We will support you as much, or as little, as you require through the employee’s transition back to full time duties.


 

Ergonomic chair & workstation assessment


Seating / Chair Assessment

There will be instances where just the seating / chair of an individual is of concern. Our ergonomists have many years of experience in assessing and recommending suitable seating and are completely impartial.  Our ergonomists can help with seating recommendation for individuals, departments or full sites. 

Available in two options:

On- Site Seating Assessment

This is usually recommended when there is a complex medical issue or an individual has tried some chairs and has not been able to get comfortable. The on site assessment would consist of:

A visit from one of our ergonomists

Detailed anthropometric measurements taken

Interview with the end user to determine requirements

Report with findings and recommendations

Assistance in sourcing correct equipment on trial if required

Seating Assessment Service

This service is to be used where the seating has been identified as a source of discomfort. This service is designed to streamline seating assessment as it is conducted using a specifically designed seating assessment form that is assessed by our ergonomists remotely. The end users are telephoned by our ergonomist where more information is required. This allows costs to be minimized and assessments to be made swiftly. STRIDE Ergo Lab can source any recommended seating on a two week trial to ensure it is suitable for the individual. This service has been implemented by many of the large corporate organizations due to its efficiency and effectiveness. The benefits of this service are:

Low cost assessment

Quick turnaround of assessments

Time saving for individual

Extensive experience of seating industry

Can be integrated in to your existing DSE process

Managed by ergonomist

Users telephoned where required

Client's standard equipment recommended where suitable

All equipment provided on a two week trial

Audit trail

Tried and tested with many large corporates

Ergonomists covered by professional indemnity insurance

We can also help you select standard seating task chairs from an independent perspective.

Manual Handling Assessments

Completing a manual handling risk assessment is the best way to identify the hazards associated with your manual handing tasks and to implement controls to minimize the risks of those hazards.

Our ergonomists can conduct one off or complete side wide manual handling risk assessments for different processes and tasks within your organization.

We use validated postural assessment and manual handling tools to ensure the task is assessed correctly and the risks are identified and mitigated.

Our assessments can include one or more of the following components:

Postural assessment

Manual handling risk elements

Process analysis

Ergonomic review

Workstation design assessment

Repetition and cycle time assessment

Environmental assessment

Loading

Lifting and handling technique

Automation and system review

Process flow

Subjective data from employees and operators

Objective data from statistics and measurements

Our ergonomists would ensure that all aspects are taken into consideration when making any assessments and provide your organization with workable recommendations wherever possible.

We have conducted manual handling assessments on site for factories, production and manufacturing plants as well as logistics and distribution centers.  These assessments are equally required for office and laboratory environments.

Please contact us with your requirements and we will give you an idea of cost depending on the number of tasks and processes that need assessing.

Industrial Ergonomic Assessments (Task risk factor analysis)

Our trained and experienced Ergonomists will perform assessments to find the true cause of the problem through internationally approved, validated and standardized assessment tools such as RULA (rapid upper limb assessment), Nordic pain questionnaire, and computer workstation checklists. Other Assessment Tools can be utilized for specific tasks include Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA), Strain Index, Strain Index, HAL, PLIBEL, Muscle Fatigue Assessment, Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation, Borg RPE Scale, OCRA Methods, ART, KIM and MAPO Index.

Once the problem areas are identified, we will provide with cost effective, easily implemented and evidence based solutions that show quick results and boost employee productivity. These solutions may not usually require you to replace the existing workplace components (i.e. desk, chair, monitors, height adjustments, foot stools etc.) and may only entail adjustments and reorganization.

Industrial Ergonomic Surveys


We are leading providers of in depth ergonomics assessments.  These are conducted by our qualified registered ergonomists. We can assess production lines, manufacturing plants, processes, areas that have a reported concern. These can include repetitive tasks, manual handling tasks, tasks with reported work related upper limb or musculoskeletal disorders and tasks that are strenuous and demanding. We use validated tools such as ART (Assessment of Repetitive Tasks), MAC (Manual Handling Assessment Charts), RULA, REBA as well our extensive expert experience and bespoke tools.

To improve existing work environments by identifying physical and psychological issues affecting workers and their sources and ensure application of ergonomics to new work environments.  Can be tailored for industrial workplaces as well as offices.

A detailed assessment and analysis of work areas and tasks.  Our qualified registered ergonomists would collect video and photographic data of the users, environment and the tools and equipment they use.  Off site analysis can look at rates of repetition, postural stress and dimensions to highlight risks and provide recommendations to improve the working environment, process and conditions.

Holistic approach

Includes worker, occupational health and manager questionnaires covering physical and psychological issues

Observation of typical postures adopted

Use of validated postural tools where necessary

Workstation measurements taken and compared with regulations and standards

Detailed report to help identify areas that need attention and recommendations

Typical project would consist of one day on site and two days analysis and report preparation. This could be tailored for larger or smaller work areas.

 

Vehicle & Driver Ergonomic Assessment

We provide a range of Vehicle & Driver Ergonomics Assessments to choose from.

1. Standard Vehicle & Driver Ergonomics Assessment

Driving for long periods can be associated with back and neck pain. Our standard Driver Ergonomics Assessments are designed to assist all drivers who are looking for greater comfort while travelling.

Our ergonomic experts provide guidance and advice on sitting posture and driving techniques, the use of back supports and seating adjustments.


The benefits of a Car Ergonomic Assessment

Following a Vehicle Ergonomic Assessment your drivers will understand the most effective ways to improve their sitting comfort and performance at work. It should be remembered that it can take up to 6 weeks to feel the full benefit of an Ergonomic Car Assessment and to become accustomed to the changes in posture and driving position. You can expect

improvements in comfort while sitting and driving

driving techniques which decrease pain and discomfort

knowledge of seating adjustments to improve sitting comfort and driving tolerance

 

2. In-depth Vehicle & Driver Ergonomics Assessment

Our in-depth Driver Ergonomic Assessment is designed for clients with chronic neck, shoulder, back or hip pain. An in-depth Driver Ergonomics assessment will provide guidance and advice for an individual’s disability as well as make recommendations regarding suitable vehicles and possible alternative seating options.

 

 

What does an In-depth Vehicle & Driver Ergonomic Assessment involves?

A comprehensive Vehicle Ergonomic Assessment will ensure that all aspects of vehicle design are evaluated and factors contributing to pain and discomfort identified. A full assessment will cover the following aspects

Individual musculoskeletal assessment

Evaluation of driver car seat

Driving posture evaluation

Seating adjustments

Positioning of steering wheel, pedals and gear stick

Manual Handling in and out of the car

Storage of business equipment in cars

Use of back supports and adjustments

Work techniques to reduce discomfort

Work Scheduling

 

Physical demand analysis

A Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) is a document that describes the physical and environmental exposures that are required by employees in order to complete job tasks.  They come in many forms and take on many different names.  For example, your company may call them “Physical Demands Checklists”, “Functional Job Analyses”, “Functional Ability Evaluation”, or any other similar title.  Regardless of the title, the information contained inside is relatively the same.  PDA’s describe the force, frequency, and duration of manual tasks such as lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, and carrying, as well as environmental conditions such as temperature, noise, and chemical exposures.  PDA’s are typically controlled by your HR department, and should be reviewed and updated regularly or whenever a job changes.


What is a PDA used for?

PDA’s have many uses.  Generally they are used for three things:

Pre-employment screening – to ensure new employees or employees with special needs are placed into positions where they are physically capable of completing the assigned work.

Return-to-work job placement – to ensure that previously injured employees are able to return to positions that comply with any physical restrictions that may have been determined by their physician.

Determining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements – In cases where high forces are required, a PDA can quickly highlight the tasks within a job that may require a lift assist, for example.  Whereas, if job tasks require employees to work in areas that have overhead hoists, PDA’s will quickly call out that a bump cap is required.

 

Employers and medical providers will be able to refer to the Physical Demands Analysis to determine the level of effort required to complete the work task in a safe, injury-free manner and without inflicting further stressors to an existing injury.

Manual Handling Training

Manual Handling Training is designed for people who are required to carry out manual handling in their day-to-day work, and is relevant to all industries and workplaces.

Content

Risk assessment

- Legislation, standards and code of practice

- Consequences of poor manual handling

- Risk management process

- Risk factors and common control measures

- Type and characteristics of loads, clearance, routes and storage

  requirements

Planning

- Developing a relocation plan and process

- Using the Code of Practice and workplace procedures

Relocating loads

- Safe manual handling principles

- Actions and movements

- Team lifting

- Review and checking for compliance


Train the trainer

Training an in-house team can be an effective and economical way to address ergonomic concerns and requests not triggered by high-risk job functions or high-discomfort reports. STRIDE Ergo Lab can assist in building an internal team of ergonomists for your organization. Our “Train the Trainer” course will guide selected internal staff members on how to identify and correct ergonomic risk factors. This in-house team will become an ongoing organizational asset when evaluating employees, new hires and for addressing workplace ergonomics following moves and renovations. Train the Trainer course duration depends on the content of the training. Content of the training will be basic anatomy & Physiology of muscle action, review of proper ergonomics, common workplace injuries, understanding equipment options and equipment placement, facilities options, risk factor identification, evaluation tools and hands-on time to watch and also perform ergonomic assessments, recommendation report generation, Follow up assessment.

 

Floor wise ergonomic awareness training

In company floors making small group (15 to 25 members) in the floor and doing the training for 15 mins. Topics like basic ergonomic principles and addresses topics such as: musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other ergonomic-related problems, identifying and prioritizing ergonomic stressors, determining root causes, office stretches, practical demonstration of workplace adjustments etc


Onsite stretching/exercise program

Stretch and Flex Program an onsite stretching program will encourage all employees to participate. Taking stretch breaks instead of coffee or that afternoon snack you don’t really need works out the kinks and gives you a natural and sustainable energy boost, rather than the peak and subsequent drop that many people experience with caffeine or sugar. Instead of consuming extra calories, you’re fueling your metabolism and stimulating circulation.


Desktop Yoga training

Stretching counteracts the effects of many physical job demands. Job-specific exercises interrupt repetitive motion, or awkward or static posture, with a brief movement in the opposite direction.


Training and Awareness