January-February 2016

CIS Onsite: Our Philosophy

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CIS onsite has the most comprehensive services on the market. We provide all of these services 24/7 because if your company doesn’t shut down, your injury prevention services shouldn’t either. CIS onsite aims to offer a one-stop-shop for all of your injury prevention needs, except you don’t even have to make one stop, we come to you. We employ athletic trainers, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, registered nurses, and other highly trained healthcare professionals to serve as our Early Intervention Program (EIP) Specialists. Their expertise can be used in a variety of ways that accommodate the needs of your company. Many companies that offer on-site services focus primarily on reacting to injuries, by providing therapy. Our focus is just the opposite. While we do on-site physical therapy as well, we focus on preventing the injury to begin with. Our EIP Specialists are skilled at risk identification and management. The key to our program is EARLYNESS. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible when the first signs or symptoms become apparent. We will be on-site, in most cases, less than 24 hours from when you contact us. This allows our EIP Specialists to put an end to these signs and symptoms before they become more severe. They can also identify the cause, and make suggestions on how to prevent it from occurring again. If you’ve looked through our services and don’t see what you’re looking for, contact us and we will do everything we can to make that service a reality for you. Our mission is to protect your most valuable asset, your employees.

 


 

Current Ergonomic Issues: How to Reduce Repetitive Motion Injuries Part 2: Work Practices and Personal Health

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Following safe work practices is the primary key to employee safety. Preventing RMIs is just one of many safety benefits of careful, health-minded behaviors. Some examples are:

  • Operate equipment and tools according to manufacturer instructions. When a tool can be replaced with one with ergonomically-beneficial properties, do so. For example, for work tasks installing screws and nails, pneumatic hand tools or electric screwdrivers are better than manual tools that require repetitive twisting or bending at the wrist.
  • Follow proper lifting techniques. Lift heavy objects slowly and smoothly, as jerky movements can cause muscle injuries. Face the object — do not twist your body, especially during the actual lift. Keep the object close to your body with your feet apart and facing forward, lifting with your legs and not your back. Always consider the weight of the load before you attempt to lift it; ask for help or lift the load mechanically if you believe its weight is beyond your capacity.
  • Take advantage of ergonomic tools at your disposal, such as anti-fatigue mats or adjustable chairs.
  • For desk jobs, ensure your work station is adjusted to your needs. Set your chair to keep your back straight with your spine relaxed at its natural curve. The top of your computer monitor should be at eye level in order to prevent you from having to bend your neck. Keep all of your equipment within arm’s reach. Make sure you face your work tasks directly by turning your chair rather than twisting at the waist. When typing, your elbows should be at your sides, your feet flat on the floor and facing forward, and your wrists straight.
  • It’s recommended you switch to tasks that use an entirely different muscle group on the hour. This will retain the momentum of work efficiency while allowing your muscles the opportunity to recover. If possible, employers should cross train and implement scheduled job rotations.

Personal Health

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The risks of many RMIs become less prevalent to those who take care of themselves physically. Getting a sufficient amount of rest, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting enough exercise outside of work are all things that will contribute greatly to reducing RMI hazards.

Studies show taking small hourly breaks throughout the workday offers more reparative benefits than one long break. It’s important you don’t skip breaks — take advantage of opportunities to stand, walk, stretch your muscles, close your eyes, or, depending on the severity of repetition involved in your work, stop moving altogether and rest

Source: http://www.safetyservicescompany.com/industry-category/construction/keys-preventing-repetitive-motion-injury/


 Safety Tips: Winter Survival Kit

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Source: http://www.whio.com/news/news/local/safety-tips-winter-weather/njD5W/

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