In our experience as industrial physiotherapists, factors contributing to injuries include (but are not limited to):
- A person’s physical capacity does not match the physical demands of the job
- The ergonomic setup of the workstation promotes poor work techniques
- A person uses unsafe work techniques either due to decreased physical capacity or lack of knowledge about safe work techniques.
- Morale and /or job satisfaction in the work-place is low
The ideal model of injury prevention & management addresses all of these issues, by including the following services:
Only staffs that are physically able to perform the duties are employed to perform the tasks required as part of that job. To accurately assess a person’s capacity to perform a particular task, the demands of that task must be assessed through the Job Dictionary.
A job dictionary incorporates an on- site assessment by an SWP physiotherapist of the physical demands of all jobs undertaken in your organisation.
An electronic document including standardised tables & photos is produced specific to your organisation
This document is customised to your organisation & can be added to should jobs change or further jobs be added. Work mechanics/ergonomics may change from time to time and from job to job, therefore the human factors sections (such as heights, reaches, rest breaks, safety gadgets etc.) may need regular updates.
The job dictionary is a very useful tool for;
The management of injured workers the job dictionary can be referenced to;
- Download the occupational job description & area relevant to that injured worker from the software report provided. This is printed if required.
- This can be used by relevant managers & injury management coordinators to formulate suitable duties in line with medical restrictions as outlined by the treating practitioner
- Either fax or email or forward online this information to the treating medical practitioner for medical clearance
- Agree on how to update/increase the injured worker’s duties; or seek an occupational therapist’s or physiotherapist’s guidance to outline the duties program.
- If the worker is unable to undertake their pre-injury duties, the workplace could offer alternative duties from within this job dictionary.
- This process ensures reduction in income maintenance costs and the development of secondary conditions
Staff Education Programs
The Job Dictionary can be used in education programs to:
- In conjunction with staff that have been educated as trainers in the train the trainer program can use this document in the training, and also to identify any risks as they come up from a manual handling point of view within their areas.
- Demonstrate correct work practices, using the photos taken during the Job Dictionary preparations
- Prepare a power point data show in conjunction with the basic anatomy/bio-mechanics and medical information, the photographs from the Job Dictionary and risk assessment reports are included in a Manual Handling Power Point Training Presentation for internal staff training.
- Developing Policy Information & as an addition to OHSW audits
- As A Preventative Tool For Pre-Employment Assessments
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