Remote Evaluations FAQ

Are ERGOhealthy Remote Evaluations effective for both remote and onsite employees?

Since 2006 we have been conducting remote ergonomics evaluation and assessments for both teleworkers and onsite employees.  With out ERGOhealthy Coaches available for up to six months, we find that both remote and onsite workers benefit greatly by have their own “personal ergonomics coach.”

Why should we be concerned about proper ergonomics for our teleworkers and remote employees?

Although OSHA doesn’t require a company’s safety review of an employee’s home office, there even more pressing reasons to help employees prevent musculoskeletal injuries.  Some studies have reported that nearly 7 out of every ten “office workers” experience discomfort.  With nearly 34 million teleworkers in the US alone, and the advent of social media, smart phones, and other computer-related devices, posture and ergonomics are affecting nearly every working person.  Health care costs and workers’ compensation costs are two areas most affected – where nearly 40% of workers’ compensation injuries reported are musculoskeletal strains and sprains.  In California, the average severity claim (in 2011) was $67,000 – which was 43% higher than the cost in 2005.

What is the impact of sedentary work and lifestyles?

Studies indicate that inactivity can disrupt DNA repair mechanisms, and that prolonged sitting increases diabetes risk in women.  Our ERGOhealthy Coaches are well versed on the subject and know that according to the research that exercising only slightly lessens the health risks of sitting, and that frequent breaks can help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Why are office workers impacted by ergonomics?

First, office and teleworker work is sedentary workforce and it is not considered “high hazard” work.  However, there is has been a proliferation of remote work and an “explosion” of social networking – which increase the amount of time in sedentary environments.

Can ergonomics improve effectiveness and productivity?

Numerous studies show that effective ergonomic improvements can reduce discomfort and pain, and increase productivity.

Can effective ergonomics prevent musculoskeletal injuries and disabilities?

Improvements in posture and work environments result in reduced potential for musculoskeletal injuries and disabilities.

Can ergonomics assessments improve injury outcomes for office workers?

Faster return to work and reduced injury and disability outcomes are found when incorporating an effective ergonomics program.

Will this save my company money? Could this have a positive impact on WC and health insurance costs?

Effective safety and ergonomics programs can provide insurance cost savings in the way of credits, and there is the improved impression on workers’ compensation carriers that an organization is making effort to improve itself.  Effective Wellness initiatives have also been shown to improve healthy behaviors resulting in a healthier workforce.

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