If your company is experiencing high rates of work related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and you are in a position to combat such occurrences, you have probably been head-down on your desk at some point, wondering what the solution is. Additionally, your manager is constantly putting pressure on you to come up with a solution, but is reluctant to provide additional resources to aid in reducing WMSDs. You know that the nature of work and production demands are contributing factors (12-hour shifts, frequent overtime, under-staffing etc.). You also know that management is reluctant to change the aforementioned factors due to an unwillingness to cut into profit margins and risk falling behind on production. But you need a solution, actually, you needed a solution yesterday. This solution needs to be cost-effective, provide minimal to no disruption of production schedules and have a solid return on investment (ROI).
Enter: Injury Prevention Specialist
We have spoken on this in an earlier blog post: focus on what you do best and don’t try to be what you are not. Find a partner that can deliver cost effective solutions to solve your issues. You do not have to be an expert in physical therapy to develop a program that delivers results.
What is an Injury Prevention Specialist?
Typically, an injury prevention specialist is either: A) a Physical Therapist, B) an Occupational Therapist or C) a licensed Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). Our company uses Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) in this role. These individuals should be skilled clinically and understand the differences in OSHA recordable and non-recordable treatments. They should be comfortable in a variety of work environments including industrial and office settings. Injury Prevention Specialists must also understand industrial and office ergonomics and be comfortable assessing work environments when necessary. They must be proficient in delivering quick and effective treatments while working within time constraints that seeing individuals in a work setting requires.
Ok, I Understand the Job Description, but how does this Impact my Company?
How many times have you had an employee demand to go to the emergency room for something that you knew could have been handled with the R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) method? Or how many times do you wish an employee would have told you about a preventable issue before it turned into something big? Finally, how many times have you wished that you had a resource to utilize for ergonomics, warm-up routines, stretching routines etc.? If you are still reading this, you have probably been in one of these situations before. An Injury Prevention Specialist can solve all these issues and allow you to focus on other important issues that constantly demand your attention. Additionally, companies can usually contract Injury Prevention Specialists at a frequency/rate that can work within budget constraints.
The ROI on this is obvious: Injury Prevention Specialists will save you money by reducing recordable injuries, reducing lost time, improving production (implementing ergonomic solutions) and by improving employee health/wellness. This could be a game-changer for your safety/wellness initiatives and save your company money.
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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.