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Could Sitting at Work Be a Presumptive Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on April 17, 2017

Hear me out…. I know what you are thinking, “Really?” “Yes, Really!”.

The reason I propose this question is because of the preponderance of evidence around the health impacts of sitting, our seated work-life style and trends in workers’ compensation.

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Rethinking the Ergonomic Chair for the Chair Addict in All of Us

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on February 3, 2017

I know we have come a long way in ergonomic chair furniture design. The mechanisms are smoother, more intuitive to our bodies, improved fabric and cushion comfort, more sustainable, but when is someone going to make a "smart chair" for all us chair addicts?

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The Future of Productivity: New Ways of Working for a New Year

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on January 17, 2017

We made it to 2017… of course! But what’s in store for us in the business world in the coming months? Just a few developments, predictions and trends come to mind:

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6 Effective Strategies for Self-Care

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on October 15, 2016

As a Physical Therapist, I’ve treated people with occupational and non- occupational musculoskeletal injuries for the last 30 years. Many of the employees I’ve helped in the workplace reported experiencing early discomfort but chose to wait to report their concerns to their employer. By the time they reported their problem, they had a full blown (neuro) musculoskeletal disorder requiring weeks of medical care and even time off from work. With knowledge of self-care, many of these disorders could have been prevented!

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If you can’t measure it, you can’t quantify it, therefore you are guessing!

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on September 9, 2016

The purchase and implementation of your ergonomic chairs shouldn’t be a guess! Yet, I’ve seen over and over how many employers seem to do just that… guess. Random selection based on pictures in a catalog or based on an arbitrary budget and no objective criteria seem to be the drivers behind choosing standard chairs at most workplaces.

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Why Every Company Needs an Ergonomics Process

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on August 16, 2016

Developing, implementing and managing an ergonomics process (EP) is a worthwhile endeavor resulting in a positive and rewarding experience for all those involved. When properly constructed it engages and influences employees and management alike in an area that requires our undivided attention, our own health, wellness and safety. A successful ergonomics process will change the way the organization and those within operate on a day to day basis.

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10 Signs Your Workers’ Compensation Ergonomic Evaluation Won’t Hold Up in Court!

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on July 22, 2016

Workers’ compensation ergonomic worksite analysis (EWA) involves a professional onsite analysis of the injured worker and a comprehensive medical-legal report of findings and recommendations. The report is intended to be evidenced- based, objective and defensible in a court of law as it is part of the medical management of the claim. As such, the document represents the professional ergonomist’s expertise in what the work injury causation is and how to mitigate the exposures causing the injury. The ergonomic analysis is a “recipe” for worksite changes to minimize or eliminate to the extent feasible the risk factors so the injured worker can stay at work or return to work safely

But what happens if the claim goes sideways and your employee decides to sue you? Will the ergonomic analysis help or hurt you in court?

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The 15 Best Criteria to Select Ergonomic Chairs for a Diverse Workforce

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on May 14, 2016

Selecting ergonomic chairs for a diverse workforce is not easy to do. I find most employers, including purchasing managers or in-house ergonomics support tasked with selecting and purchasing ergonomic chairs often choose poorly. Primarily because they don't utilize good criteria to select from or know where to find the criteria. Many select chairs based on the lowest price which is a recipe for failure! With sitting time increasing for most of us to 7 or more hours a day in the office, investing in comfortable, supportive ergonomic chairs as a capital asset is a must!

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How “NEAT” are you at work?

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on April 12, 2016

And, I don't mean tidy, orderly and clean at your desk. If you are not NEAT, you should be! NEAT is an acronym for "Nonexercise Activity Thermogenesis".

NEAT is the basic daily activity we should be doing, but we aren't because we are sitting too much. We have become chained to our computers, phones and iPads. We commute long hours to work in our cars then camp out on the couch at night watching the hi-def 54" TV! NEAT is the energy expenditure of all physical activities other than volitional sporting-like exercise. It ranges from the energy we expend walking in the grocery store, walking the hallways at work, typing, performing physical tasks and even fidgeting.

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When a Chair is on its Last Legs

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on March 18, 2016

Industry organizations have developed widely accepted ergonomic guidelines. What’s missing — and very much needed, argues ergonomist Alison Heller-Ono — is an objective methodology for making the decision to keep, repair or replace task chairs once they’re in the workplace.

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