Workplace Services.

Workplace Services

Workplace Assessments

The cost of loss of time and related medical expenses associated with musculoskeletal disability to Australian employers is significant. Between 2009 and 2010, sick leave cost Australian businesses $30 billion compared to $9 billion reported in a 1990 study. Safe Work Australia estimated the cost of work-related injuries as $57.5 billion in 2005-2006, or 9.5% of GDP.

In a Medibank Private workplace survey (2005), they concluded that employees with poor overall health status take up to nine times more sick leave than their healthy colleagues. Healthy employees are nearly three times more productive than employees with poor health, with the financial cost of poor health and well-being estimated at over $7 billion per year, nationally.

We are increasingly dealing with a workforce that is ageing and job applicants who may have significant medical conditions already in existence at the time of hire. Approaches to reduce the risk of injuring a new hire have become a more significant nation-wide priority among industries.

Active One offers comprehensive:

Functional Capacity Assessments

Pre-employment Screenings

Functional Job Analysis

Ergonomic Assessments

Manual Handling Training

Return to Work Plans

Healthy Lifestyle Programs

Functional Capacity Assessments

A Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA) evaluates an individual’s capacity to perform work activities related to his or her participation in employment. The FCA process compares the individual’s health status, and body functions and structures to the demands of the job and the work environment.

In essence, an FCA’s primary purpose is to evaluate a person’s ability to participate in work, although other instrumental activities of daily living that support work performance may also be evaluated.

FCAs are designed to prevent injury in the workforce, create a safe working environment and minimise downtown (reducing Work Cover and insurance claims). They also assist with matching the capacity of the person to the role and can be used to form a structured and safe return to work after injury.

Thus FCAs are critical in the establishment of a healthy, productive workforce.

FCAs are becoming an integral part of the recruitment process and involve a series of tests and observations.

Depending on the job description and demands of the job, our FCAs follow these steps:

  1. Information Gathering
  2. Screening
  3. Perceived Functional Capacity
  4. Physical Demands Performance
  5. Follow up
  6. Interpretation and Reporting

 

We would typically assess the biomechanics and tolerance of walking, standing, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing, stairs, ladders, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching (overhead, forward), manual handling and dexterity.

The employer will be provided with a comprehensive report on the results of the evaluation, including a return to work program or suitable duties plan as relevant.

Pre-Employment Screenings

Pre-Employment Screening is a functional testing process that can be effectively used to identify whether an individual is able to perform the essential physical functions for a particular job prior to job placement.

This process involves us  assessing a person’s functional capabilities and identifying any existing physical deficits in order to determine whether or not a person can safely perform the essential functions of a job. Essentially at this point we are doing a mini FCA on an “uninjured” worker.

Functional Job Analysis

A Functional Job Anaysis (FJA) is a a systematic process of identifying critical demands of specific jobs and should form the basis on which job demands are characterised. This involves us identifying the essential functions of the job, the necessary equipment and tools and the performance measures from the worksite, like force, duration, distances, weight etc.

From the FJA we are able to build the job-specific Pre-Employment Protocols to assess prospective employees against as part of our Pre-Employment Screening

Ergonomic Assessments

Also referred to as Workstation Assessments, our Ergonomic Assessments (EAs) ensure that our client’s workstation is ergonomically designed to minimise the risk of injury and maximise productivity. EAs are also utilised to support the return to work of an injured worker by ensuring that their workstation is designed to minimise any discomfort as they recover from their injury and prevent any aggravation of the injury.

Where an individual is already experiencing pain or discomfort, or has an injury or disability, we conduct a thorough assessment to ensure they can work safely and comfortably. The assessment helps employers to meet their duty of care with a formal report provided following the assessment.

The Assessment

All assessments are conducted by our experienced Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists. An EA would typically involve an assessment of the physical demands of the job and an at workstation postural analysis. The equipment commonly used, its set up and location and environmental factors like lighting, temperature and noise would all be assessed.

We also provide ergonomic assessment for vehicles and specialist seating assessments.

Expected Outcome
A range of strategies are available. These may include modifying the existing work station and equipment to meet ergonomic standards, using supportive cushions on existing equipment like desk chairs to enhance lumbar support, replacing existing equipment, modifying work habits, rearranging commonly used items to minimise physical stress and providing strategies on how to manage time to reduce prolonged stress on the body.

Manual Handling Training

 

Return to Work Plans

We offer a team approach to these services with our highly educated and experienced group of Exercise Physiologists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.

To learn more about how we can tailor a program to suit your needs, give our office a call and chat to one of our health professionals – 8707 0830.

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Workplace Services – Frankston, Brighton Serving Melbourne

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