Category Archives: Occupational Health and Ergonomics

These articles are of interest to those wishing to prevent or manage musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.

Sit-Stand Workstations – Fact and Fiction

Sit-stand workstations are becoming a popular topic again and more workplaces are beginning to trial the use of standing and sit/stand workstations – and other more adventurous ideas like treadmill workstations! The concept of introducing movement and changes of posture is not … Continue reading

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Physiotherapists at work

Physiotherapists: helping reduce sickness absence rates Physiotherapists are established as one of the key types of professionals working to cut down on sickness absence rates. Employers that contract physiotherapists to provide OH services are seeing good returns because people are … Continue reading

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Benefits of Ergonomics

Here are five of the proven benefits of a strong workplace ergonomics process: 1. Ergonomics reduces costs. By systematically reducing ergonomic risk factors, you can prevent costly MSDs. With approximately £1 out of every £3 in workers compensation costs attributed to … Continue reading

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DSE set up – common problems and solutions

   Employees not taking sufficient breaks from DSE work: Sitting in the same position for hours can lead to aches and pains. Taking short pauses from DSE work will help you to work more efficiently and reduce the risk of harm. … Continue reading

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Kent Healthy Business Award

The Kent Healthy Business Awards are self-assessment standards that can help to improve the health of your workforce. Why take part in the awards? to showcase your people, services and skills to help build your reputation for commitment to best … Continue reading

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Spinal damage at 0mph

Do you look like this when working…? Do you regularly work from your laptop without docking…? If so then you are increasing your risk of neck, arm and low back pains. To avoid issues you need to first ensure that … Continue reading

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Workplace Physio

Physiotherapy in the workplace is now even more cost effective for employers with new tax changes. The government has announced the introduction of a tax relief for health related interventions. This relief will be implemented as a tax exemption for … Continue reading

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Physiotherapy Deal Kent

How Physiotherapy can help the workplace (from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy): Occupational Health services are all about helping employers and staff deal with health problems at work. Physios can help to prevent and reduce the possibility of sickness and … Continue reading

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New equipment and Machinery

Important points to remember: If new equipment or machinery is being purchased, it is vital that the user is considered. If possible trials should be performed to ensure their suitability before purchase. Trialling equipment could prevent the occurrence of issues … Continue reading

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Ten ways to work more ergonomically when travelling

Use a 4-wheeled suitcase. It requires less force to move and you can push it through the airport by your side in a neutral wrist posture rather than having to reach behind your body and pull or drag a suitcase. … Continue reading

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Fashion magazine Grazia talks about Ergonomics and Posture!

Even Grazia is talking about Ergonomics and the importance of good posture. Increasingly we are spending more time sitting using laptops, smartphones, tablets, i-pads and this is only likely to increase. We can find ourselves sitting for prolonged periods and … Continue reading

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Back pain and childcare – how to look after yourself

Implementing simple safe lifting techniques is a must for long term back health of any parent. Parents are continually faced with the strenuous physical demands of child rearing such as chasing, lifting, feeding and comforting. The mechanism leading to back … Continue reading

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Occupational Health Physiotherapy

A year long trial of an Occupational Health Physiotherapy service treating staff members has shown a reduction in sickness absence of 29% as well as direct cost savings of at least £60,000. For every £1 spent on the service the direct … Continue reading

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Getting people back to work

Early advice and intervention for musculoskeletal issues reduces sickness absence and improves long term outcome measures. In one organisation a fast access Physiotherapy service was established with the following success; First 4 months 373 employees seen Sickness absence rates from … Continue reading

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Partial return to work

A randomised controlled trial (RCT) involving 6 employers demonstrated that there was a more speedy return to work in employees suffering musculoskeletal pain who were placed on part time absence rather than full sick leave. 63 employees were randomly assigned … Continue reading

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DSE assessments Kent

We provide DSE workstation/computer workstation assessments to businesses within Kent. DSE assessments are not only a legal requirement – done properly they can actually help combat the musculoskeletal disorders, reduced concentration levels and other ill-health effects that are symptomatic of … Continue reading

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Physio for businesses Kent

British workers are suffering physical pain as well as stress because they are working long hours, not taking lunch breaks and going to work when they are sick, research carried out for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has found. … Continue reading

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Ergonomics for Schools

With Children going back to school for a new year now is a great time to think about Ergonomics in schools. Firstly – Why Ergonomics for schools? Ergonomics is the science applied to understanding how we interact with our environment. It is used to … Continue reading

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Dame Carol Black Review of health of the UK working population

A groundbreaking report on the health and wellbeing of the UK workforce has been unveiled by Dame Carol Black as she proposed radical changes to work-related health services to make them available to all. The UK National Director for Health and … Continue reading

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What injuries cost employers

What injuries cost employers Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as back pain are one of the biggest causes of sickness absence on any given day and account for nearly a third of the total time taken off sick from work. Yet … Continue reading

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