Program Description

In August 2015, ATI Worksite Solutions contracted with a pharmaceutical company to help prevent injuries and improve worker health. AWS has provided a constant presence among employees to promote injury prevention through early reporting of work related and non-work related pain and discomfort. The Certified Early Intervention Specialists (CEIS) provide ergonomic assessments for new employees and employees that have moved workstations and/or departments. The CEISs also educate employees on the mobile work environment through an Integrated Workplace (IWP) ergonomics class to help employees adjust to their new workstations. Job coaching is another tool the CEISs use to reinforce positive ergonomic behaviors as well as assist employees in maintaining proper ergonomic postures and healthy behaviors.

Facility Demographics

2 shifts700 employeesManufacturing

History On-Site

Prior to August 2015, the pharmaceutical manufacturing company wanted to comply with global requirements and include ergonomics in their everyday practice. In the first three months, the CEIS quickly identified the need to replace older office chairs due to a lack of compliance to global standards based on adjustability. In July 2016, the last of the 177 office ergonomic chairs were deployed to the site and employee satisfaction increased. The main goal of the AWS Early Intervention program at this site was to make employees aware of ergonomics out on the manufacturing floors and office areas, and to promote early reporting. Current plans are to perform office ergonomic assessments for all and to continue the educational portion of improving and sustaining the employees’ quality of health.

AWS Objectives

Resolution rate of 85% for NWR & PWR injuriesWork seamlessly across management teams to foster communication of mission, vision, strategic intent, budget, policies and proceduresDevelop practical and integrity-driven approaches to profoundly impact productivity and quality metricsEducate and counsel awareness of in-house and at home risk factorsRender first aid along with preventive treatments to acute/chronic minor injuriesEstablish evaluation and corrective action procedures of the ergonomic process and work environment

Results Achieved

In the beginning months of 2016, the site saw two non-ergonomic serious injuries and one ergonomic injury that was addressed with first aid. After seeing one of its highest DART data in 2015, the site’s DART plateaued after January 2016.

50% decrease in ergonomic injuries from 2015 to 2016

2015: 22016: 1

50% decrease in other injuries from 2015 to 2016

2015: 162016: 8