A vital step in maintaining health and safety is the setup of healthy and safe environments. Many people are shocked to discover that the places they frequent every day may be slowly and silently harming them.
Worksite assessments objectively quantify job demands and identify risk factors that could lead to injury or disability. These assessments can be used to:
- develop pre-employment assessments by identifying specific essential job demands;
- identify and eliminate injury risk factors in jobs, by modifying any existing set-up or equipment used; and
- adjudicate claims or determine if an injury is related to a job. e.g., are there adequate risk factors present in the job to cause injury.
Workplace ergonomic assessments can uncover what might seem to be be minor issues, such as working areas that may be at an uncomfortable height, monitor angles that require constantly looking to one side, or repetitive tasks that can be better handled. Correcting even these "minor" adjustments can often eliminate stresses and greatly improve job satisfaction and productivity.
Home assessments are performed in order to determine a client’s current ability to perform homemaking and personal care activities. If challenges are identified, adaptive methods and equipment can be provided to maximize independence and safety. IOHS can also provide recommendations to achieve improved accessibility for optimal quality of life, safety and independence.
Job Site Analysis
An objective on-site assessment of the physical demands required of a specific job, school site, or workstation.
- We make objective measurements using a weigh scale, push-pull gauge, measuring tapes, goniometry devices, video camera, still photography, and other tools as required.
- Our recommendations may include ways to reduce physical job demands and injury risk factors, and to ensure proper ergonomic set-up is obtained.
Ergonomic Workstation Review
This assessment is designed to identify ergonomic risk factors in a workplace that contribute to increased symptoms. It includes a review of the critical job tasks, work areas, and evident risk factors relevant to the individual being assessed.
- We give the client written information regarding proper set-up, posture, and stretching exercises.
- Our report outlines recommended changes to work area or task approach.
- We can provide follow-up to arrange for pre-purchase evaluation of equipment.
- Follow-up visits ensure modifications are appropriate, if requested.
Ergonomic Risk Analysis/Adjudication Assessment
An analysis of the ergonomic risks associated with job tasks and work conditions of a specific job. We review forceful exertions, awkward postures, local contact stresses, vibration, temperature extremes, and repetitive or prolonged activities.
- This assessment will determine a cause and effect relationship between risk factors and injuries sustained.
- Recommendations to eliminate or reduce exposure to risk factors can be included.
- We can provide specific prevention programs.
Home Demands Analysis
A standardized objective analysis of a client’s ability to perform homemaking tasks. It identifies factors that are counterproductive to rehabilitation.
- Our report includes strategies to increase independence in homemaking tasks.
- Completed by occupational therapists certified in the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills.
- Upon request, we provide follow-up services to increase a client’s independence in everyday living as soon as possible post injury/disability.