Injury Prevention

Job Dictionaries: A job dictionary is a document that encompasses all job tasks analysis in an organisation. It details elements associated with a role to look at the physical, behavioural, cognitive and environmental factors of any given task. This can be used for recruitment, matching employee to job roles, pre-employment assessments, performance indicators of an individual as well as giving medical teams the information of a job role required for an injured employee.

Suitable Duties Register (SDR): A SDR is a document that includes the information from a Job Dictionary and adds on risk factors for injuries as well as plans for an injured worker to return to work. This document will identify the “suitable duties” of a role for an injured worker to commence on a Return to Work Plan following medical guidance. A suitable duties register can also be used as an early intervention tool to assist in pre-employment assessments, matching employee to role, fitness for work assessments and induction into roles.

Manual Handling Training: Manual handling training is designed to assist individuals, teams and organisations to utilize safe manual handling techniques to avoid injury. Pace National physical therapists carry out manual handling training using four key principles of manual handling to ensure the risk of injuries is reduced and that individuals understand how to safely undertake a manual task. The four key principles that Pace National encompasses are;

  • Risk factors for injury occurrence
  • Correct manual handling techniques for different manual tasks
  • Environment for the task
  • Use of assisting aids i.e. mechanical

Ergonomic Assessments and Training: An ergonomic assessment is carried out to ensure an individual is appropriately set up at their office environment to reduce the risk of injury or discomfort. From this assessment, recommendations can be made to change the environment to better suit the needs of the individual. For example, adjusting the chair height, lowering the keyboard, sit to stand desks. This assessment can be undertaken at the office or home environment to suit the individuals needs. Pace National will also educate the individual in how to set up their own environment to ensure maximum comfort at any office space.

Vehicle Ergonomic Assessments: This assessment is carried out in a vehicle for individuals whose jobs are primarily vehicle based i.e. truck driver. This assessment will ensure the individual has a well set-up environment in their vehicle to ensure maximum comfort and reduce the risk of injury. This can include looking at the controls of the vehicle, chair height and shock absorbing capacity, lighting as well as how the individual is performing tasks and fatigue management.