After reading my last post, you may have more questions than answers. It is important to keep in mind that there is no “one size fits all” solution. If you are looking for a starting point to initiate an injury prevention program at your company, it is important to keep this in mind:
Injury prevention programs vary with each company depending upon the nature of work, size of workforce, budget and administrative support.
However, there are basic elements that all successful injury prevention programs share. In this post, we will identify these 8 elements and briefly expand on each one.
- Track all Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs)
- How do you know that you have a problem if you are not tracking it?
- Management will want this data for return on investment (ROI) later.
- Data Should Drive Interventions
- It is important to analyze injury data from the previous three years to understand the type of WMSDs your workforce is experiencing.
- Specific high-risk areas should be identified and targeted.
- ROI data is crucial for continuation of program
- An injury prevention program sounds nice, but if you can’t prove that you’re saving the company money, it will be the first thing to be cut.
- Be Consistent
- Do not abandon ship at the first obstacle you face in your program. Adapt, overcome and stick with your plan.
- Talk to Other Professionals
- Find a company that has an established program and ask what they are doing. Surprisingly, most companies are willing to share this information (if not proprietary) and may even let you tour their facility.
- Think Outside the Box
- Be open to new approaches and new ideas. We live/work in a rapidly changing environment with constant new research and technology that can be applied to your program.
- Workforce culture is very diverse, think of ways to connect with them to foster an environment of change.
- Get Expert Help
- You don’t have to be an expert in health/wellness, ergonomics, physical therapy etc. Focus on doing what you are trained and leave execution of these services to a partner that is an expert in this area.
- Reassess Program Annually
- Focus may need to be shifted to different areas if initial interventions were successful.
- If the program experiences a positive ROI, management may be more likely to allow for a more robust program (addition of more services).
If I can be of any assistance to you or if you have any questions, please send me an email or connect with me by your favorite platform below. I would love to start a conversation!
Kevin Winn B.S., CIEE, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Kevin is the Executive Director of HealthWorks Kinesiology and is a Certified Industrial Ergonomic Evaluator (CIEE), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT). Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from Louisiana Tech University.