presented by Ethel Kaufman
Over 1.5 million workers are confronted with work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) every year. While back injuries account of one half of those injuries, MSDs include damage done to muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints, to name a few. It is the goal of this course to provide an introduction to the science of ergonomics and how it relates to the fields of physical therapy, rehabilitation and other physically-demanding occupations. This course provides information on how to avoid injuries and offers recommendations for proper use of the body to lift, move and adjust clients. Both State and Federal health and safety administrations require recordkeeping of injuries and near misses, the basic requirements for keeping those records and where you can get more information will be reviewed in this course.
Ethel Kaufman’s background as a life-long educator has given her an advantage in the field of compliance and regulatory training. She has a strong understanding of how adults learn, and adapts her courses to meet the various styles of learning shared by the course participants with a record of demonstrated success. Ethel has over 13 of years experience delivering OSHA mandated education with a focus on customized solutions for a variety of industry-specific regulations. She is currently the owner and instructor of E.C. Kaufman Consulting, LLC providing safety, health and environmental training. In addition, Ethel is an Outreach Trainer for Construction and General Industry, as well as a teacher for OSHA 500, 501, 510, 521, and 2225.
In this chapter we will define ergonomics and work-related musculoskeletal disorders, learn about OSHA and the General Duty Clause, and find out why we should be concerned with ergonomics as practitioners, such as physical therapists.
In this chapter we will see how multiple sciences come together in ergonomics. We will look at different types of WMSDs, where in the body they occur and how to recognize them. We will also learn how your posture and proper body alignment can protect you from injury.
In this chapter we will illustrate how simple exercises and slight changes in positioning can help avoid injuries. We will go over examples of proper lifting techniques and go through proper lifting scenarios specific to physical therapists.