CHI Health, with locations throughout eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, provides affordable, high-impact solutions that help prevent workers’ compensation costs, absenteeism, work injuries, and loss of productivity. We provide ergonomic assessments and interventions tailored specifically for your company to protect your employees and strengthen your workplace processes.
- Ergonomic Job Analysis
Analysis provides a profile of the job demands and essential functions. Information obtained from the analysis supports:
- tailored work restrictions
- post-offer employment screens
- tailored functional capacity evaluations
- person to job match analysis
- return to work planning for workers' compensation cases.
- Worksite Assessments
Ergonomic assessments focus on identifying the suitability between the employee’s cognitive and physical capacities and the work requirements.
- Job Hazard Analysis
Analysis identifies significant risk factors for injuries such as injuries to the back, wrists, etc, as well as risk factors for errors and accidents, due to mismatches in work requirements and human capabilities.
- Work Accommodations
Consultation provides assistance with identifying suitable work accommodations which may help improve work performance.
- Work comp injury and return to work assessments
Ergonomic assessments specific to work comp and return to work cases assist with identification of risk factors within the workplace and if these factors could have contributed to the injury. The assessment identifies the temporary restrictions or work modifications, if needed.
- Ergonomics Safety Training:
Workplace Prevention/Management Training is designed to empower management and employees with skills and knowledge to manage and prevent workplace injuries.
- Ergonomics Program Development for your company
CHI Health Ergonomic specialists partner with area employers to develop their own on-site ergonomics program through training and educational materials.
What is Ergonomics
Ergonomics is a newer science born out of a mix of old established sciences - work physiology, anthropometry, applied psychology and engineering.
The primary objective of ergonomics is to assess the work environment to ensure that the human physical/mental capabilities and limitations are suitable with the design of work tasks, equipment, processes and environments.
Ergonomics can help reduce stress and eliminate potential injuries to the muscles, tendons, nerves and joints caused by excessive or prolonged physical stress on hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck and back. Ergonomics offers solutions for sustainable work performance and productivity.
Benefits of Ergonomics:
- Increased comfort
- Preventing reinjury and new injuries
- Maintaining job satisfaction and an engaged workforce
- Optimal work performance
Simple Ergonomic Solutions
There are many simple, inexpensive solutions that a trained ergonomist can help implement into your workplace, including:
- Identifying specific risk factors either in terms of how the task is performed, equipment or process, which if addressed could make a significant impact in preventing injuries and increasing productivity.
- Simple, practical guidelines for working in more comfort at a computer workstation
- Updating job descriptions and physical demands analysis, for tailoring pre-employment and post offer testing.
- Providing ergonomic training tailored to specific job tasks and employees for the prevention of injuries
Pramila Kalaga, M.S.
Pramila Kalaga holds a Master of Science degree in Work Design and Ergonomics, and has 15 years of experience in worksite ergonomic assessments. She is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist - the highest level of certification granted by the Board for Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE).
Renee Kaup, O.T.
Licensed Occupational Therapist and a Certified Ergonomics Associate, certified by the BCPE.
Amy Sernett, P.T.
Licensed Physical Therapist
The Board for Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) is recognized as the premier certification organization by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the International Ergonomics Society (IES), the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).