Early Reporting Brings Early Intervention-Brett Jensen, MEd, LAT, CEAS II, CMMSS Industrial Specialist

Posted: August 1, 2019

Early reporting is a an initiative to encourage employees to report ergonomic concerns and musculoskeletal (MSK) issues early, in order to help prevent or decrease the severity of MSK or other injuries in the future. Early reporting or early intervention is prevention focused, not treatment. It is used to address employee fatigue and discomfort before it turns into an injury that results in pain for the employee and an expensive claim for the company.

Prevention is always better than treatment. Ideally, all employees should have access to an Industrial Specialist who is trained in assessing ergonomic concerns regarding workstation design/layout and who also can provide recommendations and self-care techniques that employees can perform to combat daily fatigue and MSK concerns. The goal is to assess those concerns early when they are minor and begin taking positive steps to fix them before they become something major that requires medical evaluation or treatment.

The initiative of early reporting along with numerous other prevention and early intervention strategies such as a warm-up/stretching programs, proper body mechanics trainings, and personal fitness and nutrition to name a few, are tools that when incorporated by an experienced Industrial Specialist can have an extremely positive impact on companies. It goes deeper than just affecting direct costs such as reduced workers compensation and health care costs though. It can result in improved employee morale, increased productivity, and less employee turnover resulting in decreased hiring and training costs.

Industries that benefit from implementing a prevention focused program are not just the large companies or the physical and repetitious careers that many people think of. Prevention programs bring value to companies of all sizes and in all industry fields such as construction, warehouse, manufacturing, office/corporate, food service, customer service and the list goes on and on. Regardless of the physical job demands, we all utilize our bodies to perform certain job functions. More often than not though, an employees inability to fully perform their job duties is initially caused by a non-work-related issue. That’s where an Industrial Specialist can provide benefit, taking care of an employee early to prevent an injury, therefore saving the employer money later.

If you are curious how Optimum Therapies on-site services may benefit you and your company, or if you would like to know about our various investment levels, please reach out to the Optimum Therapies staff, or email Brett Jensen at brett@optimumtherapies.com

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