Injury Prevention

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Rehabilitation Services’ expertise lies not just in the management of injuries and helping people fulfill their functional potential, but also in the prevention of injuries in the workplace. It makes financial and practical sense to invest in the safety of individuals before they develop or sustain injuries and that’s why Rehabilitation Services has a range of tailored and cost effective interventions focused on injury prevention.

From ergonomic reviews for groups, to home office assessments for teleworkers and a range of training options, we can demonstrate just how cost effective an investment in safety can be.

Complete OH&S Systems

Rehabilitation Services offers complete OHS management systems tailored to the needs of individual business environments. Rehabilitation Services professionals are able to analyze business needs and provide a structured and systematic approach to managing a wide range of occupational health and safety issues. Intervention is targeted according to need: from ensuring legislative compliance to achieving best practice.

Policy & Procedure Development

Rehabilitation Services has the experience and expertise to quickly and cost-effectively develop user-friendly policy and procedure frameworks for most industry sectors:

A Policy is a statement about an issue and how the company intends to address it.

A Procedure outlines steps of the process to be followed when confronted with an issue in order to address it.

Effective and sustainable health and safety management requires the implementation of suitable policies and procedures.

Pre-employment Medical & Functional Screening

Rehabilitation Services offers medical and functional screening services to ensure job to person fit minimizing risk to both the employee and organisation. Pre-employment medicals are an important component to injury prevention and risk management strategy.

Safety Audits

Rehabilitation Services offers comprehensive and targeted audits of systems and workplace compliance.

Audits ensure breaches in health and safety are identified. They also test compliance of employees in adhering to established policy and procedure.

Individual Job Analysis

The individual Job Analysis of any given occupation provides the foundation for sound decisions in pre-employment screening, task performance, consultation and ongoing training. Task analysis ensures that any system of work performance will operate and be maintained in a safe and efficient manner, reducing the potential for injury to personnel and improving productivity for the organisation.

Rehabilitation Services has developed an innovative and comprehensive job analysis tool that evaluates the requirements of any occupation and provides meaningful insights into current methods of task performance, improved methods of performance, the functional requirements of the role and specific training opportunities relevant to the persons engaged in that occupation to address their occupational wellbeing.

Task analysis addresses the following elements:

Functional Demands

Functional demands are the physical elements required of any occupation. They provide a direct indication of the minimal abilities required of an individual to safely, consistently and efficiently perform a task, select elements of a job and ultimately a complete occupation. This is at the core of the information required for informed pre-employment screening protocols, ensuring individuals selected for an occupation have the minimum physical abilities to carry out the role without foreseeable risk of injury due to pre-existing limitations. Identification of the functional demands of any occupation is an essential element of the preventative occupational health and safety process.

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Pre-Employment Screening

Once functional demands of an individual job have been identified and defined, a reference is formally established for the matching of an individual’s abilities to the requirements of the job. This is an integral element in the employment of suitable persons with the capability of meeting the physical requirements of the role, as defined by the Job Analysis. The pre-employment screening process then becomes a meaningful comparison of abilities vs. demands, rather than a singular hunt for pre-existing medical conditions.

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OHS Consultation Compliance

A structured job analysis provides a direct forum for the consultation and engagement of personnel in the occupational health and safety process. An individual or small group of individuals performing the specific role being assessed will represent all similar employees and as such, have the opportunity to discuss relevant issues with the appointed consultant. Consultation of employees is a federally mandated process required of all organisations. The job analysis forum provides a meaningful tool for engaging employees in a process designed to improve safety and workplace wellbeing. It is a proactive tool that results in an enhancement of the pre-existing consultation arrangements between the organisation and its employees.

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Hazard Identification

A hazard is defined as a source or a situation with the potential for harm in terms of human injury or ill-health, damage to property, damage to the environment or a combination of these.

Hazard identification is the process of recognising that a hazard exists and defining its characteristics. The review of any occupation by a specialised consultant inevitably results in the identification of hazards in that role. While these hazards may already be managed by the organisation, the independent review of a role through job analysis ensures further scrutiny. Potential hazards are communicated to appropriate personnel in commercial confidence, allowing a structured internal approach to addressing such issues.

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Safe Work Methods

The analysis of task completion techniques ensures the refinement or development of alternate safe methods of work performance. The job analysis tool provides a consistent reference for the organisation to review methods of task performance in the pursuit of continual improvement and a basis for the informed allocation of resources for items such as plant and equipment.

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Training Programs

As a requirement of compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, ‘an employer must ensure that any person who may be exposed to a risk to health and safety at the employer’s place of work is provided with any information, instruction and training necessary to ensure the person’s health and safety.

In conjunction with established national standards, the Job Analysis forms the foundation for meaningful instruction of employees in safe work methods. It is the essential element for ensuring that training is tailored and directed to the individuals actually performing the role. The benefits are improved participation, the retention of principles instructed and the application of these principles to work performance. The implementation of a meaningful training program assists in the development of a safety culture, ultimately resulting in reduced incidence of work place injury while meeting obligations under the relevant legislation.

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Manual Handling Training

Rehabilitation Services offers tailored manual handling training to organisations of all sizes with employees who are required to lift, carry, push, pull, move or hold a load, object or person as part of their normal duties. Over a third of all workplace injuries are associated with manual handling. Education and instruction in manual handling technique significantly reduces the risk of injury in the workplace.

Stress Management Training

Rehabilitation Services offers tailored stress management training and information sessions to assist employees at all levels cope with workload, relationships and everyday pressure. Unhealthy levels of stress in the workplace often adversely affects productivity and working relationships, and manifests in minor injuries and complaints, poor performance, increased absenteeism and low workplace morale. Education sessions can provide employees with the tools to recognize, understand and manage their levels of stress to avoid them becoming destructive to the detriment of both the individual and the organisation.

Ergonomic Assessments

Ergonomic assessments investigate the dynamics between a worker and their equipment and workplace environment. The assessments determine areas of potential risk and offer solutions through functional education, adjustment of the workstation, practical recommendations for changes in work practice, and where necessary recommendation of additional aids or equipment. Ergonomic assessments strive to minimize risk or recurrence of injury and improve work efficiency.

Tailored Training Packages

Rehabilitation Services tailor training packages to meet the specific needs of the industry, organisation and target audience. Training packages range from 20-minute high impact presentations to 2-day courses with audiences from factory floor to boardroom.

For further information contact 1300 782 183 to discuss all OHS & R training needs.