Ergonomics Consulting Services

The ergonomic surroundings in which people work are as important as the building in which they are housed. An employer needs to take into consideration all aspects and areas of the workplace in order to develop a practical approach of proactive planning and assessment. This will without a doubt create a healthier, happier workplace, which certainly leads to much greater returns in human investment.

ARC employs a four-phase process of pairing low-cost, high-impact solutions to real problems, a process that delivers clearly detailed documented solutions to the employer’s ergonomic challenges. These ergonomic solutions are supported by illustrations and vendor information delivered in report form.

Phase 1 – Ergonomic Evaluation

Level 1 – Proactive Evaluation

ARC’s ergonomic proactive evaluation begin with known high-risk areas that are designed to eliminate current/potential complaints. This level of evaluation focuses on employees with complaints of pain and/or discomfort, and also addresses employees in ergonomic “Red Flag” locations such as data-centers, call centers and material handling areas.

Level 2 – Post Injury Evaluation

This level of analysis specifically focuses on an injured employee and is performed during or after a medical intervention. The ensuing evaluation results in the reduction of health care costs and ensures a smooth return to the workplace.

In addition, Level 2 “post injury” evaluations are often prescribed by workers’ compensation insurance companies or administrators in cases of work related injury.

Level 3 – Overall Assessment

Finally upon completion of high-risk cases, the system provides for overall evaluations of remaining employees, workstations and office layouts.

Phase 2 – Formulate workplace specific ergonomic evaluation

  • ARC formulates workplace specific evaluations by observing all employees, who will also be interviewed with a comprehensive series of questions ranging from employees detailed work processes to current ergonomic workstation requirements.
  • From this analysis recommendations are provided as to which ergonomic products will best suit the employees work activities and technology requirements.
  • ARC will provide an ergonomic evaluation and ergonomic product list in report form.

Phase 3 – Provide and install

All approved ergonomic equipment will be purchased and installed after a review and approval from management, with a mockup of ergonomic solution upgrades provided prior to product installation.

Phase 4 – Orientation and training

Ergonomics education is the final step and ensures employees have the skills necessary to achieve correct ergonomics and reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries. Without compromising employees in their job activities, this makes certain that employees have minimal distractions from physical discomfort and become more efficient in the work place.

  • ARC Ergonomic consultants meet with the company’s employees reviewing and implementing any necessary ergonomic changes needed within the employee’s workstation.
  • This team counsels each company employee on the proper way to adjust equipment, including the correct height of monitor, keyboard, mouse, chair etc.
  • ARC will discuss the importance of micro breaks, proper posture and reducing repetitive motion is also considered.

Injury Prevention Education

An extremely important aspect of the ARC program is its emphasis on Injury Prevention Education.

Employee training is essential not only for reducing current workplace injuries but also preventing them. ARC’s staff of professional ergonomic consultants provides onsite training to help employees take a proactive approach to workplace safety.

Training sessions focus on practical posture awareness and station setup. ARC’s reputation for outstanding ergonomics education is a direct result of its hands on approach. This safety programming differs from traditional training methods, because it engages the employee as an interactive component of the educational process. All of ARC’s training is in accordance with the most recent U.S. injury prevention standards.

Ergonomic Training

Ergonomic training sessions are based on office environments and manual handling environments. These include:

  • Office safety, focusing on employees that spend significant amounts of time sitting and interacting with computer workstations.
  • Manual handling safety which covers employees who lift, twist and bend as they interact with their environment.

Workplace Essentials

  • Workplace essentials in which employees learn the causes and symptoms of repetitive strain injuries related to their workplace and specific measures to prevent them.
  • Training sessions are individually developed and uniquely tailored to specific challenges faced by employees and cover all correct ergonomic work practices including workstation set up and break scheduling.
  • Stretching, lifting and warm up training that takes place in each employee’s workspace.

Expert Witness services – Litigation/Mediation Support

Our Expert Witnesses in Workers’ Compensation can give expert consultation, opinions, reports and testimony in litigation regarding Workers’ Compensation insurance. Examples of cases that Workers’ Compensation professionals may support include:

  • Labor Market/Wage Earning Capacity Research
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Vocational Evaluations

Job Analysis

Our consultants can provide a more independent (unbiased) analysis of the job. Their analysis will not be affected by the internal politics of the organization. Also, a consultant may be needed for situations in which a large number of jobs will be analyzed in a relatively short period of time. A consultant in this situation may be better able to concentrate on the job analysis task as their main function whereas internal employees likely still have their regular jobs to perform.