Physical Demands Testing

The “Six Ws” of Post-Offer Pre-Employment Testing

Post-Offer Employment Testing is a method by which healthcare professionals may screen new-hire candidates for the ability to perform the essential functions of a job while also screening for pre-existing medical conditions or injuries. This type of testing is preceded … Continue reading

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Ask The Back School: Weight Limits for Wheel Chair Transfers

Time for another entry in our Ask The Back School series where our team of instructors and industry experts respond to questions submitted by our former Back Scholars. We were contacted by a company that wants us to do post … Continue reading

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Too Many PDA’s, Too Little Time

“I am a CEAS level I OTR, working for a large hospital system that has been tasked to complete physical demands assessments on 20 positions for a plant locally in VA. I have been allotted three days for this project … Continue reading

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What Tool Is Used To Measure The Grip Force For A Task While On The Job Site Performing Ergo Or Job Analyses?

The answer depends on the type of grip used. And, there is no universally accepted method to do so but here goes. If the grip is for lifting, then measure the tare weight to lift the object from the floor … Continue reading

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The Strain Index

The Strain Index is very helpful in measuring ergonomic risk of the distal upper extremity. A good website to check out is the following: http://personal.health.usf.edu/tbernard/HollowHills/StrainIndexM12.pdf for the pdf or the following for the excel file http://personal.health.usf.edu/tbernard/HollowHills/StrainIndex22.xls

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Simple Lifting Analysis

The WISHA lifting analysis is very helpful and is also based on the NIOSH lifting equation. You may view this at: http://personal.health.usf.edu/tbernard/HollowHills/StrainIndex22.xls

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Making A Product Recommendation For An Ergonomic Analysis Report

Question: When making a product reccomendation for the ergonomic analysis report- especially on industrial products/material handling jobs- how do we know what kind of equipment would be compatible for their equipment.

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