CIS Onsite: Employee Testimonial
David, MS, ATC, CMMSS, CEAS
David is one of our EIP Specialists. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer, has a Master’s degree in Athletic Training with a concentration in Industrial Athletic Training, a Certified Medical Management and Safety Specialist, and a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist. He has worked extensively with traditional athletes at all levels, as well as industrial athletes in a variety of settings. Despite working in many different clinical settings, CIS Onsite is his favorite opportunity yet. Here is what he had to say:
“CIS Onsite is a phenomenal company to work for. They have it all figured out. I have had a lot of experience working in the industrial setting, but as a healthcare professional, I can honestly say that I can provide better care to employees by following the CIS Onsite system than I ever could in a clinic. No matter how many details you give me when describing a job, there is no way to truly simulate the working environment within a clinical setting. That’s why having the opportunity to get on-site, and work with an employee in the actual setting where the problems stem from, has been tremendously helpful for me. CIS Onsite not only provides amazing services to our clients, but they really take care of me as an employee. I feel like I am part of a family, and have been given numerous opportunities to grow as an Athletic Trainer.” – David
Current Ergonomic Issues: Optimal mouse and keyboard use
Make sure you use your mouse and keyboard in a way that optimizes comfort and prevents injury. Here are some tips on what to watch out for and what to do.
What to watch out for:
- Slight upwards movement of your wrist while typing and using the mouse is normal, but avoid excessive upwards and outwards movement of your wrist as this can stress your wrist and forearm muscles.
- Try not to flick your wrist when typing and using the mouse, use your whole arm instead
- If you are using a wrist rest, make sure it is only used when pausing not typing.
- Have you got a runaway mouse – one that starts close to you and by the end of the day is half way down the desk? Having to reach for your mouse can stress shoulder muscles.
- Don’t pinch your mouse. Relax your thumb and rest your whole hand over the mouse, use both index and middle fingers to click.
What to do:
- Make sure your keyboard is directly in front of you.
- Keep your mouse at the same level as your keyboard.
- Your elbows must be close to your sides, shoulders relaxed and wrists in line with your forearms.
- Make sure that the weight of your forearm is supported on the desk or armrest.
- When typing, your fingers move more freely when they are level with or hang slightly below your wrists. Relax them.
- Use a separate mouse rather than a touch pad as this allows for larger movements.
- Let go of the mouse when you are not using it.
- Try and take regular, short breaks or alternate the type of work you are doing as small repetitive movements are often the main cause of injury. Remember that you have the power to change the comfort levels of your workspace. Follow the steps that we have discussed over the last few weeks to optimize your work set-up, do the appropriate stretches and see your doctor or physio if symptoms persist.
Safety Tips: Spring Forward with Safety
Spring is a perfect time to clean out your home. Follow these steps to keep you and your family safe when cleaning this season, including tips like:
- If you are moving furniture, keep your back straight and lift with your legs
- Follow cleaning product safety instructions and labels
- Use caution while walking on wet surfaces and clean up spills
- Be sure to wear a mask while cleaning dusty areas of your home
Time to Change the Clocks
- Daylight Saving Time begins every year on the second Sunday in March. Clocks are set forward by one hour except in Hawaii and most of Arizona.
- When you change your clocks, check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Batteries in smoke detectors should be replaced yearly.