Case Study: Early Intervention Program Effectiveness

Our Early Intervention Program (EIP) assists you in reducing OSHA recordables and worker’s compensation costs.  We offer prompt attention to your workers complaining of aches and pains and provide them with prevention measures – both individually and within their work station – to expedite the recovery process, all while working within the OSHA first aid guidelines.

As 2023 ended, we performed a case study to determine the overall effectiveness of the Early Intervention Program (EIP). The statistics have been broken down into the following categories:

  1. Total number of EIP clients for each company and overall.
  2. Total number of EIP visits for each company and overall.
  3. Total number of EIP clients discharged from the program WITHOUT an MD referral for each company and overall.
  4. Total number of EIP clients who were referred to an MD for each company and overall.

Lastly, you will also see a pie chart that is broken down into the top complaints, or types of injuries, that we worked with in EIP. These are the most commonly seen injuries in our experience.

After analyzing our data, we found that we had 842 total EIP clients and 2569 total EIP visits which averages out at 3.05 visits per client. Of the 842 employees that we saw within EIP, 789 of them were completely discharged without an MD referral. That is 789 potential OSHA recordable injuries that were avoided by working with our EIP Specialists.

The most common injuries that we worked with were to the back, shoulders, and wrists. This is not surprising considering the nature of the jobs that these employees do. There is a lot of repetition, heavy lifting, and awkward postures involved in these positions.

Our 94% success rate can be attributed to all of the many services we provide in addition to the EIP program. Each service has a specific role in preventing injuries. Some of the services we provided in these companies include set walk-through times, ergonomic team trainings/involvement, ergonomic job position evaluations, visual work instructions, job analyses, proper lift training, new hire trainings, new hire training follow-ups, wellness programs, booths at safety fairs, case management, on-site physical therapy, and post-offer screens. Every service that we provide can be used independently with good success, but a combination of these services creates a perfect storm of injury prevention.

CIS onsite, despite being a nationwide provider, offers a personal touch, constant and thorough communication, a comprehensive list of services to choose from, flexibility to custom fit a program to your company’s needs, and excellent customer service that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

For more information, call CIS onsite at 866-298-1312, or visit our website at

The Importance of Ergonomics in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers

As an employer, you want to provide a safe and productive workplace for your employees. One key factor in achieving this is through implementing good ergonomic practices. Ergonomics is the science of designing work tasks, tools, and workspaces to fit the capabilities and limitations of workers. In this article, we will discuss the importance of office ergonomics and provide a guide for employers on how to implement effective ergonomic practices.

The Three Major Areas of Ergonomics

There are three major areas of ergonomics: physical ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, and organisational ergonomics.

  1. Physical ergonomics involves designing work tasks, tools, and workspaces that take into account the physical capabilities and limitations of workers. This includes adjusting the height of chairs and desks to fit the worker. Additionally, ergonomic tools and equipment should be provided to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries
  2. Cognitive ergonomics involves designing tasks and work environments that take into account the mental capabilities and limitations of workers. This includes minimising mental workload and stress by providing clear instructions and information, reducing distractions, and providing breaks to prevent mental fatigue.
  3. Organisational ergonomics involves designing work environments that support communication, teamwork, and job satisfaction. This includes providing opportunities for skill development, offering employee feedback and recognition, and ensuring that job demands are reasonable and manageable.


The Importance of Workplace Ergonomics

Implementing good ergonomic practices in the workplace are essential for a number of reasons:

  • Reducing the negative consequences on health: Poor ergonomic practices can lead to a range of injuries and illnesses, such as musculoskeletal disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, and eye strain. By implementing ergonomic practices, you can reduce the risk factors and create a safe work environment.
  • Improving employee productivity: By reducing physical and mental stress, ergonomic practices can improve employee productivity and job satisfaction.
  • Saving money: Workplace injuries and illnesses can be costly for employers due to medical expenses, lost productivity, and workers’ compensation claims. Implementing ergonomic practices can reduce the risk of having work health problems, leading to cost savings for the employer.

5 Ergonomic Features to Consider

When implementing ergonomic practices in the workplace, there are several features to consider:

  1. Working posture: Encouraging proper working posture, such as sitting with feet flat on the ground and the back supported, can mitigate the likelihood of experiencing physical ailments and conditions..
  2. Work space: Providing adequate space for work tasks and equipment can prevent awkward postures and improve productivity.
  3. Ergonomics program: Implementing an ergonomics program that includes training, assessments, and evaluations can ensure that ergonomic practices are consistently applied throughout the workplace.
  4. Work environment: Ensuring the work environment is well-lit is important. It helps reduce the risk of physical afflictions and ailments. Additionally, it should be free of hazards.
  5. Ergonomics or human factors: Recognising the importance of ergonomics or human factors in the workplace can promote a culture of safety and productivity.


Examples of Ergonomic Practices in the Workplace

There are many examples of ergonomic practices that can be implemented in the workplace, including:

  • Providing adjustable workstations that allow workers to adjust the height of their chairs and desks to fit their body size and shape.
  • Offering ergonomic tools and equipment can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Examples of such tools and equipment include keyboard trays, anti-fatigue mats, and ergonomic mice.
  • Encouraging frequent breaks to reduce mental and physical fatigue.
  • Providing proper lighting to reduce eye strain and headaches, and ensuring that workspaces are free from glare and shadows.
  • Designing workspaces with adequate space and clearance, allowing for movement and proper posture while performing tasks.
  • Promoting good working posture is important. Proper lifting techniques should be used, such as keeping a neutral spine and engaging core muscles when lifting heavy objects.
  • Encouraging employees to take part in ergonomic training programs to learn about the benefits of ergonomic practices and how to incorporate them into their daily work routines.


In conclusion, implementing ergonomics in the workplace is critical for ensuring occupational safety and health. By having ergonomically designed workspaces, tools, and equipment suitable for employees, these practices can create a comfortable work environment for employees, reducing the risk of injuries, illnesses, absenteeism, and turnover rates. Additionally, ergonomic practices can improve employee morale and job satisfaction, ultimately leading to increased productivity and profits for employers.

It’s important to note that incorporating ergonomic practices is an ongoing process. This process requires regular evaluation and adjustment to meet the changing demands of the workplace and the needs of employees. Employers should work with qualified ergonomics professionals to conduct workstation ergonomics assessments, develop ergonomic programs, and provide ergonomic training to employees.

Employers can prioritise ergonomic practices in the workplace to ensure their employees are healthy, happy and productive. This also meets industry standards and regulations. In today’s fast-paced work environment, the importance of ergonomic practices cannot be overstated. So, let’s make ergonomics a top priority and create a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.

Ensuring that workstations are set up properly is an important part of occupational health and safety. This includes adjusting the height of chairs and desks to fit the worker. Additionally, ergonomic tools and equipment should be provided to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.


For more information, call CIS onsite at 866-298-1312, or visit our website at

Spring & Summer Safety

Scooter, Bike and Pedestrian Safety

Scooters, bikes, in-line skates and skateboards are associated with numerous injuries yearly.

  • Wear a comfortable, properly fitted helmet bearing the label of an independent testing lab. Be sure that the helmet sits level on top of the head–not rocking in any direction–and always fasten the safety strap.
  • Be sure that safety gear (wrist, elbow and kneepads) fits properly and does not interfere with the rider’s movement, vision or hearing. Wrist pads are not recommended for scooter riders as they may affect their ability to maneuver.
  • Ride scooters and bikes only on smooth, paved surfaces and only ride during daylight hours.
    Learn the proper hand signals and use them when you turn or stop.
  • Come to a complete stop before entering driveways, paths or sidewalks, then look left, right and left again for bikes, cars or pedestrians heading your way.
  • Teach crossing safety to children by example

Barbecue Safety

Beware when you barbecue. In 1998 alone, there were 6,100 reported home fires involving gas or charcoal grills in the U.S., leading to $29.1 million in direct property damage, according to NFPA.

  • When using barbecue grills always be sure to leave sufficient space from siding and eaves.
  • New Jersey law forbids any grill to be utilized on the balconies of an apartment, townhouse or condominium.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Keep children and pets far away from grills.
  • With charcoal grills, only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills and do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • With gas grills, be sure that the hose connection is tight and check hoses carefully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and have the grill repaired by a professional, if necessary.
    Spare propane cylinders should never be stored indoors or under or near the grill.

Water Safety

Extra caution should be used when around water, for children and adults.

  • Only swim in approved areas.
  • Always supervise children near water at all times and make sure that children learn to swim.
  • Check the depth of the water with a lifeguard before jumping in.
  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD (personal floatation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing. Air-filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.
  • Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors, fans and heating devices before fueling a boat. In case of a spill, wipe up fuel immediately and check the bilge for fuel leakage and odors. After fueling and before starting the boat’s motor, ventilate with the blower for at least four minutes


Cleaning For Safety

  • Nature is undergoing a fresh start and so are homeowners who are ready to clean up the debris that has been accumulating in basements, storage sheds and garages over the winter.
  • Household and pool chemicals, paints and poisons should be properly marked and stored under lock and key, away from children’s reach. Dispose of any that are leaking, expired, or that look bad.
  • When cleaning up hazardous chemicals, wear rubber gloves and follow the safety directions on the packaging. Never mix chemicals in the same container. If you don’t know how to dispose of them, seek outside advice. Never put them in the trash or pour them down the drain.
  • Make sure gasoline and cleaning fluids are well-marked and stored in a cool, dry place away from the house and out of reach of children and pets. Use only approved containers for gasoline storage.
  • Never use gasoline to clean skin, clothes, auto parts or floors.
  • Clean up work areas. Put dangerous tools, adhesives, matches or other work items away from children’s reach.
  • Remove all fire hazards, including stacks of rags, newspapers and magazines. Pay special attention to the spaces around your furnace, hot water tank, fireplace, space heaters and dryer, as well as under your stairs.

Yard Work Safety

Itching to get the yard into shape for the summer? Here are ways to help ensure your spring spruce-up is disaster-free.

  • Always wear protective clothing when you handle pesticides and fertilizers.
  • More than 60,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year for lawn-mower injuries:
  • Rake before you mow to prevent any stones and loose debris from launching into the air
  • Never operate a mower in your bare feet and avoid wearing loose clothing.
  • Never start a mower indoors.
  • Refueling your mower, make sure the engine is off and cool. Don’t spill gasoline on a hot engine – and DON’T SMOKE while pouring gasoline.
  • Never leave your mower unattended.
  • Don’t use electrical mowers on wet grass.
  • At least 55,000 people each year sustain injuries from trimmers, lawn edgers, pruners and power saws:
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before using the tools.
  • Inspect the product for damage and don’t use it if there are problems.
  • Use proper eye protection.
  • Make sure blade guards are in place on all cutting equipment.
  • Don’t let tools get wet unless they are labeled “immersible.
  • Unplug all tools when not in use.
  • Make sure the tool is in the “off” position before you plug it in.
  • Store gasoline-powered equipment away from anything that uses a pilot light.
  • Make sure you use the right saw for the task, and always wait for the saw blade to stop before pulling away from a cut to avoid kickback.
  • When pruning trees, be careful not to let metal ladders or trimmers contact overhead wires.
  • Before you do any “hands on” weed removal, be sure you know how to identify poison ivy, sumac, oak and similar toxic plants. Find out ahead of time how to treat the rashes they cause to reduce the irritation.


Ready for some outdoor exercise and adventure? Here are a few pointers:

  • Winter’s inactive muscles can take only so much strain. Don’t overdo it – build up slowly so you don’t have strains that can put you out of commission for some time.
  • It may look appealing, but don’t wander onto frozen rivers and lakes in the spring. The ice is beginning to thaw, and you never know just how thin the ice really is.
  • Spring’s extra rain and thawing snow can cause normally safe rivers, streams and creeks to turn treacherous. Even standing on banks can be risky, as they can be undercut by the rushing water and give in under your weight.
  • Springtime can also be severe weather time. If the skies look threatening, check to see if a storm watch or warning has been issued before you initiate outdoor activities. If you’re already outside and thunderstorms threaten, go immediately into a building or enclosed vehicle. For tornadoes, go to the nearest safe structure, or the basement or interior first-floor room of your home. If there’s no time to follow these precautions, take cover in a ditch or depression in the ground.

Ladder Safety

  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your ladder. They contain guidelines for weight and height limits as well as for the proper use of their product.
  • Inspect the ladder before using it to make sure there are no loose or broken rungs.
  • Make sure the ladder is the right height for the job. Many accidents happen when people overextend their reach because their ladders are too short.
  • Never stand on a ladder’s bucket shelf.
  • Make sure the ladder is completely open, and that all of its feet are planted on a firm, level surface. Extension ladders should not be placed at an angle that is too extreme.
  • Avoid using a metal ladder near electrical sources.
  • Face the ladder when climbing down and make sure your weight is centered between the two sides.

Camping Safety Tips

  • Always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
  • Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent or any other closed space, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
  • Always build your campfire down wind away from your tent. Clear all vegetation and dig a pit surrounded by rocks before building your campfire.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
  • Always put out a campfire when going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish the fire, cover with dirt or pour water over it


Fireworks lead to thousands of injuries requiring emergency room treatment, according to NFPA. These dazzling, but dangerous devices can burn up to 1200 F and can cause burns, lacerations, amputations and blindness. Stay safe by always leaving fireworks to professionals.

  • Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.
  • Treat all fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals.
  • If you find fireworks, do not touch them but instead direct authorities to them.
  • Leave any area where amateurs are using fireworks.


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