“Prevention is better than cure.”
We believe that every Australian has the right to go to work and return home safely at the end of their work day. To this end we offer our regional industry partners our expertise in injury prevention, because we know stopping injuries from occurring is the best possible outcome for workers and employers.
Our bespoke services include:
➢ Injury Management Systems
Under WA legislation every employer is required to set up a documented Injury Management System (IMS). Whether you are an owner/operator, or a small to medium sized business we can work with you to develop a tailored solution, helping you fulfil your legal obligations to have a written description of the steps taken should an injury in your workplace occur. WorkCover WA inspectors can ask to view the documented IMS, and a penalty may apply if the system has not been properly established.
Our team tailor solutions for IMS’s ranging from a basic system to ensure legislative compliance, through to comprehensive systems including; task analyses of each job role, suitable duties register, integrated return to work planning, and IMS implementation support.
Ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them – we get that. Minimising the risk of injury and maximising productivity is a key driver for any business, and we offer a variety of ergonomic services to help you look after your team, and achieve optimal productivity. Our experience tells us that conducting an ergonomic review of an injured worker’s workstation can minimise the risk of injury aggravation and help support their speedy recovery during the return to work process.
Our various ergonomic services include:
• Ergonomic Assessment (brief)
A checklist based assessment offering a cost effective way of preventing injury, pain or discomfort for an individual, or groups of employees. The assessment covers work tasks, cognitive demands, work pace, utilised equipment and provides recommendations for aids or appliances to enhance safety and productivity.
• Ergonomic Assessment (comprehensive)
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.
• Ergonomic Training Packages
Group training packages can be tailor-made to provide essential training for your team. Contact us today to discuss your needs and we will be happy to design a package that suits your requirements.
All assessments are conducted by experienced Occupational Therapists or Exercise Physiologists.
➢ Job Demands Analysis
Understanding the physical, cognitive and environmental demands of a job enables employers to recruit suitable candidates for roles within their business, as well as manage risk. Our Job Demands Analysis will provide you with all the necessary information to do this – we think it’s smart management.
A Job Demands Analysis also helps medical practitioners identify suitable tasks within a role when providing certification for injured workers. It provides a level of transparency and specificity that helps to shape the pathway to return to work.
With our comprehensive assessment tool we can help you to conduct an organisational risk assessment, or to detail each role within the workplace to support the implementation of your Injury Management System, or Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures.
➢ Functional Capacity Assessments
A Functional Capacity Assessment is a series of standardised and validated tests used to objectively assess a person’s capacity for work.
We use these assessments to determine a worker’s ability over a range of physical demands to help facilitate their functional recovery. Ideally, a Functional Capacity Assessment is used to match what a person can do physically in practice, against the critical physical demands of a job role (either pre-injury or new duties).
Other reasons for completing a Functional Capacity Assessment include:
• Developing return to work programs.
• Communicating important information to the worker, doctor and employer.
• Reporting key observations in relation to a person’s activities and behaviours, and how this aligns with their work demands.
• Making recommendations to support a return to work program, for example, manual handling training for a person who demonstrates poor lifting technique.