This is the third in a series of courses on Occupational Health. As the cost of work-related injuries increases, employers are increasingly focusing on ergonomics and worksite injury prevention. As physical therapists, we have the background and training to understand the human musculoskeletal system and how it interfaces with work. Our training in biomechanics and pathokinesiology allows us to provide valuable assistance to employers as they strive to prevent injuries. This webinar advances our basic training in biomechanics and provides additional knowledge and skills for job analysis and ergonomics. This knowledge can be applied to help employers identify the physical requirements of the job and to reduce the physical stresses related to work. The webinar will also introduce the concept of worksite early intervention programs and demonstrate how these programs can reduce work-related musculoskeletal injuries. The purpose of this course is to provide training in job analysis, ergonomics and worksite injury prevention programs.
Review the other courses in the series:
- The Role of the Physical Therapist in Treatment and Prevention of Workers' Compensation Injuries
- Functional Assessment of the Worker Pre and Post Injury
Meet our Speaker
Deborah Lechner, PT, MS is a leading expert in the field of industrial injury prevention and rehabilitation. Through research she conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Deborah has developed and validated a functional capacity evaluation and pre-hire screen, the Physical Work Performance Evaluation (PWPE). She has also developed a systematic process for quantifying the physical demands of work, the Quantitative Job Demands Analysis (QJDA) and studied the reliability of that protocol with the US Department of Labor. Ms. Lechner has published her work and literature reviews in international journals and has presented numerous workshops on functional capacity evaluation, job demands analysis, pre-hire testing, ergonomics, return-to-work and industrial rehabilitation, both nationally and internationally. In addition to her academic career, she is founder and President of ErgoScience TM, Inc., a company that provides job analysis, ergonomic consultation, pre-hire and return-to-work functional screening, worksite physical therapy treatment, functional capacity evaluations, employee training and impairment ratings to employers throughout the US and Canada.
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- Identify the components and process for performing job analysis.
- Apply the concepts of ergonomics to reduce the physical stress of work.
- Explain the components of an OSHA-compliant worksite early intervention program.
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