WORK-ABLE SOLUTIONS: Occupational Therapy Consulting Services
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Office and Industrial Ergonomics

An ergonomically designed workplace can create a positive difference in the comfort of workers while maintaining an atmosphere that is conducive to meeting organizational goals.

An ergonomic assessment identifies conditions in the workplace that pose a risk for injury and provides specific recommendations to mitigate these conditions. An ergonomic assessment can also provide accommodation solutions for a worker experiencing a temporary or permanent limitation affecting work performance. A proactive and systematic ergonomics improvement process removes risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal injuries, and allows for improved human performance and productivity. At Work-Able Solutions, our evidence-based approach combined with extensive knowledge of human anatomy and human function yield practical and effective solutions, which offer a positive return on investment.

We have assessed thousands of jobs in a variety of sectors, and offer a range of ergonomic services from office to industrial environments. We have conducted over one thousand office ergonomic assessments, and we currently provide these services across Canada, to both the federal and provincial government, and we are the ergonomics service provider for the employees of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.

Ergonomic Assessment and Consultation Services:
Office Ergonomic Assessment Click here for more information
Office Walk-Through Risk Assessment
Ergonomic Office Design Consultation
New Office Equipment Purchase Consultation
Industrial Ergonomic Risk Assessment
Ergonomics Program Development and Consultation

Employee Training:
Office Ergonomics and Injury Prevention Click here for more information
Office Ergonomics and the Sit-Stand Workstation Click here for more information
Top 10 Computer Posture Issues and How to Fix Them
Top 10 Exercises for Office Workers
Industrial Ergonomics & Injury Risk Prevention
Safe Materials Handling and Body Mechanics
Ergonomics and Injury Prevention for Massage Therapists
*NEW* Virtual Training: COVID-19 - Ergonomics and Working from Home Click here for more information

Management/Health & Safety Training:
Office Ergonomics for Health Care Providers - Helping You Help Your Patients
Office Ergonomics - Risk Assessment Skills
Industrial Ergonomics - Risk Assessment Skills
How to Complete a Physical Demands Analysis
How to Complete a Cognitive Demands Analysis
Accommodation of Injured Workers

Job Demands Analysis

A Job Demands Analysis is an objective measurement of the physical and/or cognitive demands of a specific job. Conditions such as the frequency, duration and intensity of various work demands are measured. Demands such as sitting, standing, walking, climbing, balancing, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, reaching, gripping, dexterity, tool use, vision and perception, concentration, decision making, and environmental conditions are assessed. This information can be used to classify the job into an occupational category (e.g.: light level work), determine if an injured worker is able to perform the job, and can be instrumental in injury prevention programs.

Worksite and Accommodation Assessment

The Worksite/Accommodation Assessment includes an evaluation of the work environment and the individual’s ability to perform the work demands. Accessibility, work methods, workplace design, ergonomics, productivity demands, equipment in use, the worker’s abilities and limitations, and duty to accommodate legislation are some of the factors that are considered. Recommendations are designed to facilitate accommodation and improve function by removing barriers to successful work performance.

Functional Capacity Evaluation

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) provides objective data regarding an individual’s physical abilities and limitations, determines ability to perform work, and assists with vocational or rehabilitation planning. Valid and reliable test measures are used to assess factors such as range of motion, strength, sensation, coordination, balance, mobility, endurance, positional tolerances, and materials handling capabilities.

Work-Able Solutions offers a range of FCE services. Please call us if you would like more information, or click on the descriptions of some of our standard services below:

One-Day Functional Capacity Evaluation: Click here for more information
Two-Day Functional Capacity Evaluation: Click here for more information
Upper Extremity Functional Capacity Evaluation: Click here for more information
Gradual Return to Work Assessment: Click here for more information

Home/ADL Assessment
Personal Care Assistance Assessment

The Home/Activities of Daily Living Assessment determines an individual’s ability to perform daily living activities such as personal care, home management, community access, and recreational pursuits. Physical, cognitive, and emotional function, along with the home environment and family supports are evaluated. The need for assistance or supervision in the home and community are determined. Recommendations are provided to maximize independence and safety in the home and community.

Permanent Impairment Assessment

A Permanent Impairment Assessment includes measurements of a specific body part affected by injury or illness using valid and reliable measures, typically for insurance purposes. Factors such as scarring, range of motion, strength, sensation, limb length and girth, and hand dexterity can be measured.

Community and Workplace Mental Health Services
ERA Mental Health Services

ERA (Enabling Recovery through Action) Mental Health Services offers a continuum of community and workplace interventions aimed at supporting personal recovery, return to work, and mental health wellness. ERA Mental Health Services are provided by an occupational therapist specializing in mental health rehabilitation. ERA is a goal-oriented rehabilitation program that looks beyond illness to see individual resilience and capacity for recovery.

Individualized Rehabilitation and Activation
Individualized Rehabilitation: Recovery oriented services that include psychosocial rehabilitation; skill development; active problem solving; rehabilitation readiness; cognitive behavioural techniques; early intervention or referral for crisis management; collaboration with other treatment professionals; and case management
Activation Programming: Structured goal setting and gradual integration of home and community activities; may also include exercise programming

Return to Work Services
Cognitive and Psychological Job Demands Analysis
Workplace Accommodation Assessments
Return to Work and Stay at Work Programs: Structured, goal oriented plans; integration of duties based on functional abilities and limitations; skill and strategy development to enable optimal job performance; regular onsite follow-up
Training Workshops: Mental health wellness and awareness

ERA Mental Health Services: Click here for more information

Return-to-Work (RTW) and Stay-at-Work (SAW) Programs

Our Return-to-Work and Stay-at-Work Programs are individualized, goal-oriented, and designed to help ill or injured workers return to work after an extended absence or to stay at work to remain engaged in productive work during recovery. The key to our success with workers experiencing physical injury is the option of an in-clinic assessment of the individual’s work capacity as well as an onsite assessment of the work demands/environment, leading to truly customized and safe program parameters. Workers experiencing illness or mental health conditions require a structured, collaborative and coordinated approach that keeps the worker activated and informed while maintaining confidence in work-based relationships. Workplace accommodations are often integral to the RTW or SAW process, and must be well-conceived and appropriate to the situation. Regular onsite monitoring, and strong communication with shareholders (workers, employers, health care providers, unions, Occupational Health and Safety, insurers, Human Resources) ensures our program’s success.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program

An individualized rehabilitation program following traumatic brain injury or stroke. A variety of standardized cognitive assessment tools are often utilized along with assessment of functional performance. Our focus is on rehabilitation carried out in real-life settings to maximize recovery and independence, and collaboration with family and the medical/rehabilitation team.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program: Click here for more information

Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP™)

The Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP™) is a structured 10-week program designed to promote re-entry into life roles, minimize disability, and facilitate rehabilitation progress in individuals with persistent pain and/or chronic health conditions. Targeted treatment of psychosocial factors, graded activity involvement, goal setting, problem solving, and structured activity scheduling are key features of this program.

Progressive Goal Attainment Program: Click here for more information

Injury Prevention/Wellness Workshops

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