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Workplace Ergonomics

The occupational therapist facilitates safe return to work following an injury by evaluating functional capacities, analyzing work tasks requirements, establishing a therapeutic exercise plan and planning a gradual return to work program.
man working in a bad posture

Workplace Ergonomics

The occupational therapist promotes success and well-being in the workplace by encouraging a better fit between the employee, his/her work tasks and his/her environment. The occupational therapist can carry out:
1. Computer Workstation Assessment:
Frequent computer use can cause back, neck and shoulder pains, headaches, eyestrain and overuse injuries of the arms and hands.
The occupational therapist will evaluate the demand of your work tasks, your posture and positioning, equipment needs, work habits and potential risks and make recommendations to create an optimal office set up to meet your needs.
2. Safe Lifting Presentations:
Repetitive lifting, handling and carrying of heavy loads increase the stress on your back, shoulders, arms and legs, and may result in musculoskeletal injuries. The risks of injury increase when awkward body postures are involved. The OT will educate employees with regards to healthy work practices, load-lifting postures, body positioning, stretches
and exercises to prevent injuries and promote safe performance of work tasks.

There are many benefits associated with good posture and body mechanics at work, including:
a) Reduce risks of developing work-related musculoskeletal complications
b) Promote injury recovery and pain management
c) Increase comfort, efficiency and productivity at work
d) Reduced absenteeism
e) Increased job satisfaction