Ergonomic Consulting and On-site Training Services
On-site Ergonomic Assessments:
Highly skilled clinical and behavioral based certified (CBES) ergonomic specialists offer office and/or field ergonomic assessments with the goal to reduce the risk of MSDs and improve work productivity. An ergonomic evaluation form for each office station will be submitted to the contractor upon completion of services.
Field ergonomic assessments require data analysis and more time-demanding report preparation. Estimate 1-2 hours of report preparation for each hour of field ergonomics consulting. A summary ergonomic report identifying risk factors and recommended ergonomic and behavioral-based interventions will be provided for each field ergonomic analysis. No-cost and low cost interventions will be prioritized.
The Ergonomic Assessment Process includes:
Office Assessments: An ergonomic evaluation form will be completed for each office assessment and provided to company. Ergonomic analyses will address work behavior and the effects of office design on posture (head, neck, back, shoulder, arm, wrist and hand alignment, reaching), repetitive wrist and finger motions, lighting (e.g., glare, monitor contrast for visual acuity), static muscle contractions, and posture relief exercises as they relate to the following work station components:
- General office layout and design
- Chair design and adjustments
- Keyboard design and orientation
- Input device design and orientation
- Monitor design and orientation
- Document holder alignment
- Accessory equipment
- Direct and indirect lighting
- Ambient temperature and noise
The office ergonomic report forms will list on-site ergonomic interventions conducted during the analysis and ergonomic interventions recommended for follow-up for each office station.
Field Assessments: A summary ergonomic report identifying the risk factors and recommended ergonomic and behavioral-based interventions will be provided for each field ergonomic analysis. No-cost and low cost interventions will be prioritized.
Field ergonomic risk factors to be addressed include but are not limited to:
Force: Assessments of lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling as related to material and tool handling and movement of the body through space, gripping, pinching, and fingering. Force assessments will address both dynamic components of work and static force components of non-neutral work postures. Metrics include weights, dimensions of materials and tools handled, peak and sustained forces associated with pushing and pulling and estimated grip forces (with and without use of work gloves.)
Posture: Assessments will be directed at identification of frequency and duration of non-neutral postures particularly those associated with
- neck flexion, side-bending and extension,
- back flexion, extension and rotation (twisting)
- overhead reaching (shoulder abduction and flexion)
- reaching with and without with trunk flexion
- wrist deviation during gripping
- stooping, kneeling and squatting
Slip and Trip Hazards: Assessments will be conducted on walkways, access points into and out of equipment, trip hazards related to floor and ground surfaces, drop off points etc.
Repetition: Assessments directed at frequency and duration of repetitive movement of body parts.
Contact Stress: Assessments directed at duration and frequency of contact pressure points on the body during work tasks.
Vibration: Assessments directed at duration and frequency of exposure to hand-arm vibration and whole body vibration (seated and standing).
Environment: Assessments are directed at assessing proper lighting and glare exposure, and duration and frequency of exposure to extremes in cold, heat, high humidity and noise.
Follow-up Analysis Post Interventions:
Pre- and post-ergonomic assessment comfort surveys (anonymous completions) can be used to follow up on office and field ergonomic assessment outcomes with the goal to assess ergonomic compliance and effects of ergonomic interventions.
Employee Ergonomics Training: On-site employee motivational ergonomic orientation & wellness seminars (1 ½ - 2 hours) are recommended to improve employee understanding and buy-in of benefits of ergonomics prior to conducting ergonomic assessments.
The clinical basis for ergonomic methods will be taught providing the attendee with a thorough understanding of personal benefits both short term and long term. The mechanisms underlying common musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) will be explained in terms related to occupational factors, work behaviors, personal health characteristics, and lifestyle behaviors.
Development of a Corporate-Wide Ergonomics Program: ISR Institute offers comprehensive assistance in the development of a corporate-wide ergonomics program that covers all aspects of an ergonomic services, such as CBES certification training, development of customized training materials for contractor, identification of on-site ergonomic risk factors, development of early response program, employee awareness training, and development of an ergonomics policies and procedures manual.
ISR Institute can provide
- Needs assessment,
- Training plans and materials,
- Implementation Plan,
- Cost/Benefit analysis, and
- Final report
The ergonomics program will include all of the elements of OSHA’s Ergonomic Program:
- Management Leadership and Employee Participation
- Hazard information and reporting
- Job Hazard analysis and control
- MSD Management
- Program Evaluation
Certification to become a Behavioral-Based Ergonomics Specialist
Open CBES Certification Courses at ISR Institute in New Orleans, La: 5 Days
Call 800.414.2174 for course dates.
On-site CBES Training: CBES Ergonomics certification can be customized for the contractor. If interested in this service, please call for a proposal. Refer to the CBES section of this web site for more information.