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How can you benefit from the Bodies in Business approach to ergonomics?
Developing an ergonomic strategy within an organisation may involve some small initial costs but there is an increasing body of evidence that endorses such an implementation as an investment in the biggest resource of any organisation – the employees. Several pieces of research also show that ergonomics provision benefits the organisation in the following areas:
- Reduced absenteeism
- Reduced injury and long-term sick rates
- Lower compensation claims
- Improved staff morale
- Improved staff recruitment and retention
- Improved work efficiency and productivity
With increasingly robust Health and Safety legislation being enforced, the inclusion of an ergonomics strategy also helps to maximise organisational compliance to these laws.
What is the relevance to Physiotherapy ?
Physiotherapists have become interested in the field of ergonomics due to the positive impact it has had on injury prevention. Placed into the context of available data on the prevalence of musculoskeletal problems in the workplace, it is important that Physiotherapists have a comprehensive knowledge of how best to manage, advise and indeed prevent work-related injuries.
A unique merger of skills
The Physiotherapists at Essential Health Plus have integrated their physiotherapy and ergonomics knowledge to provide a unique and comprehensive approach to assessing both their patients in the clinic, and individuals in work-related settings. Application of biomechanics, anthropometrics and an understanding of the mechanisms of work-related injury, make us well placed to provide a service that cannot be attained by non-medical personnel, who may have only very basic training in the ‘guidelines for workstation set-up’.
Employees being assessed by BIB Consultants also get the benefit of receiving Physiotherapy related advice related specifically to the management of their musculoskeletal conditions during the course of their assessment.
Diagram of an Integrated approach to the treatment of Work-related Injury.
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