Occupational Health and Safety
Sprains and strains are a significant issue at work and most of these injuries are associated with hazardous manual tasks.
To prevent injuries, our physiotherapists apply a unique skill set to help an organisation to understand and manage manual task risks, the physical health of workers, and the fit between the job and the worker.
Heyday Health have a proven track record in industry. We use a Risk Management framework to align our service delivery with the regulatory framework and the management systems of the organisation.
Physical Demands Assessment and Manual Task Risk Assessment
Physical Demands Assessment and Manual Task Risk Assessment are used to assess and report the physical demands of a task and the risk of injury.
The Manual Task Risk Assessment presents objective data about the task such as weight lifted and repetitions. As well as the forces involved, the risk of injury to a body part is also dependent on the posture and movements involved, the duration of the exposure, and whether there is exposure to vibration. The Manual Task Risk Assessment addresses each of these risk factors and the interactions between them. The risk factors are assessed for different body regions such as the back and neck, hands and arms, shoulders and legs.
Manual Task Risk Assessment Training
Heyday Health delivers Manual Task Risk Assessment Training for business and onsite leadership that present information and training specific to the business on the following:
- What causes an injury
- Identifying hazardous manual tasks
- Assessing manual task risk
- Developing and implementing controls
We also present shorter toolbox talks for work groups that present information specific to each work group on the following:
- What causes an injury
- Identifying and assessing hazardous manual tasks
- Warm up for physical work
- Safe movement principles
“Employers must provide workers appropriate information and training to enable them to perform manual tasks safely and participate in the risk management process.”
Australian Government (2007) National Standard for Manual Tasks
Pre-start Movement – Body Activation
Body Activation is a prestart movement session aimed at preventing musculoskeletal injury.
More than ‘just stretching’ – Body Activation applies applies the following key concepts in human movement:
- Functional patterns of movement and mobility
- Joint position awareness, balance and coordination
- Core stability to improve control of back and trunk movements
Body Activation applies the following key concepts in injury prevention:
- Warm up and stretch. Body Activation provides a warm up and stretch through functional movement and mobility before engaging in the physical demands of work activities.
- Safe movement patterns. Body Activation provides an opportunity to practice safe movement patterns; for example – ‘butt back’ is emphasized in Body Activation and is the safe method for bending and lifting.
- Functional Movement Screening. Body Activation ensures that workers are ready for physically demanding work by checking for any pain or restricted movement that may indicate increased risk of injury.
- Postural Reset. Body Activation can be used after periods of heavy physical work or prolonged sitting, including driving and operating mobile plant, to reset posture and re-establish mobility.
Ergonomics prevents musculoskeletal injury through ‘fitting the task to the worker’.
Workers are provided information and training on office ergonomics through a presentation and discussion.
A Workstation Self-Assessment Checklist is a useful resource that allows workers to self-assess their workstation.
Individual office ergonomics assessments that check the posture and movement of the office worker including the setup of the desk, chair, screen and keyboard.
Heyday Health provide injury management and occupational rehabilitation physiotherapy services for injured workers and employers.
Any musculoskeletal injury may reduce the capacity of the worker to perform work. Occupational rehabilitation services play an important role in maintaining work status and preventing long-term disability.
Our physiotherapists apply a broad range of skills and experience including expert assessment, clinical reasoning, and applied understanding of work physiology and rehabilitation.
A Worker Assessment is a battery of tests used to ensure that the most physically demanding components of the job can be safely performed by the worker. It is often used for pre-employment and periodic screening
Worker Assessments are important when determining suitable duties or safe return to work in occupational rehabilitation.
The Worker Assessment is linked to the physical demands of each job as assessed and reported in the Physical Demands Assessment completed by the physiotherapists.
Workplace Health Promotion
There is good evidence to support that workplace health promotion programs targeting physical health are effective in:
- Changing lifestyle behaviours – such as improving physical activity and dietary habits
- Improving physical health of workers – such as improving strength and mobility and reducing injury risk
- Facilitating organisational level changes – such as reduced absenteeism
Workplace health promotion requires management support, so it is important to link the programs to business objectives.
The programs should include integrated monitoring and evaluation. This may include monitoring of the process and outputs and be linked to a Health Risk Assessment or specified health outcomes.
National Code of Practice
For The Prevention of MSDs From Performing Manual Tasks At Work – Managing Risk