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Work Solutions Insight January 2015 Newsletter

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DSI WORK SOLUTIONS NATIONAL CONFERENCE

"Combining Efforts to Reduce Work Injury & Disability" was held in Minneapolis, MN in September. The networking, sharing and fun at our reception and lunchtime discussion tables was phenomenal. There were great presentations including:

  • Job Function Matching® (JFM) - benefits and outcomes in Industry and Healthcare
  • Functional Ergonomics
  • Physicians perspective on using JFM in post offer and return to work cases
  • Benefits of onsite therapy services for employers
  • Legal updates on functional testing, ADAAA and policy development
  • Wellness "at work" including the effects of shift work on sleep patterns

Vendors shared information, knowledge and products. We are grateful to them also for sponsoring our luncheons and evening reception:

  • Ege WorkSmart Solutions shared Stretch It Out!™ a workplace stretching program for use by therapists and employers
  • JLW Instruments displayed a variety of strain gauges, attachments and shared information on calibration
  • Creative Specialists International displayed equipment used in functional capacity and job function testing, including some new concepts for future equipment

We thank all those who participated and look forward to seeing all of you and those who could not make this one in 2016.

RESEARCH UPDATE

Chronic effects of shift work on cognition: findings from the VISAT longitudinal study

Occup Environ Med doi: 10.1136/oemed-2013-101993
http://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2014/10/08/oemed-2013-101993 
Marquie J, Tucker P, Folkard S, Gentil C, Ansiau D.

Published Online First 3 November 2014

ABSTRACT

Objectives:  Shift work, like chronic jet lag, is known to disrupt workers' normal circadian rhythms and social life, and to be associated with increased health problems (eg, ulcers, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, breast cancer, reproductive difficulties) and with acute effects on safety and productivity. However, very little is known about the long-term consequences of shift work on cognitive abilities. The aim of this study was to assess the chronicity and reversibility of the effects of shift work on cognition.

Methods: We conducted a prospective cohort study of 3232 employed and retired workers (participation rate: 76%) who were 32, 42, 52 and 62years old at the time of the first measurement (t1, 1996), and who were seen again 5 (t2) and 10 (t3) years later. 1484 of them had shift work experience at baseline (current or past) and 1635 had not. The main outcome measures were tests of speed and memory, assessed at all three measurement times.

Results: Shift work was associated with impaired cognition. The association was stronger for exposure durations exceeding 10years (dose effect; cognitive loss equivalent to 6.5 years of age-related decline in the current cohort). The recovery of cognitive functioning after having left shift work took at least 5years (reversibility).

Conclusions: Shift work chronically impairs cognition, with potentially important safety consequences not only for the individuals concerned, but also for society.
To learn more about shift work, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

RESEARCH UPDATE

Perceptions of risk from workers in high risk industries with work related musculoskeletal disorders.

Work 2013 Sep 4. 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24004759

Hunter DSilverstein B
Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP), Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Olympia, WA, USA.

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) remain a major occupational health problem, despite decades of research, outreach, and intervention.

OBJECTIVE The aim of this study is to promote early identification and prevention of WMSDs by developing education and outreach materials grounded in interview data collected from workers that have recently filed for workers compensation (WC) for WMSDs.

PROCEDURES We conducted semi-structured telephone interviews with WC claimants (n=66) from high risk industries identified through the use of a Prevention Index (PI) in Washington state with WMSDs of the back, shoulder, hand/wrist, or knee.

RESULTS Perceptions regarding the degree of exposure to WMSD risk factors, the social construction of pain, and the potential to implement injury-prevention measures varied widely. Many workers dismissed their injuries as the result of "fluke" or "freak" occurrences and framed their exposure to risk factors for WMSDs as either inevitable or "just part of the job."

CONCLUSIONS Workers in high-risk industries for WMSDs described their work conditions in ways that suggested: (1) a lack of awareness of the potential for developing a WMSD, (2) a view of work-related pain as normal, and/or (3) a pattern of self-blame for WMSD onset. A paradigm that either asserts the inevitability of WMSDs or dismisses potential control measures presents both a significant barrier to injury prevention efforts as well as a major opportunity for future occupational health research.

WELCOME TO DSI WORK SOLUTIONS' NEWEST PROVIDERS!

  • Cleveland Physical Therapy - Shelby, NC
  • Goodyear - Lawton, OK
  • On Site Physical Therapy - Portland, OR
  • Montrose Memorial Hospital - Montrose, CO
  • Lynden Family Physical Therapy - Lynden, WA
  • Physical Therapy Specialists of Idaho - Pocatello, ID
  • Bellin Hospital - Marinette, WI

APTA PRIVATE PRACTICE SECTION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Ginnie Halling and Curt DeWeese's presentation "Expand your Practice: Assist Employers with Return to Work and Injury Prevention Strategies" was very well attended, making it clear that employer based services are trending! The DSI Work Solutions exhibit hall booth was buzzing with questions and discussions pointing to the significance of these services...and the benefits/opportunities for service providers and employers alike!

LEGAL UPDATE

Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk

On December 9 the US Supreme Court reached a decision that a required security screening (anti-theft) process done at the end of shift at Amazon warehouses is non compensable time. Up until this decision, employers and the courts have generally concluded that activities required by the employer must be compensated. This landmark decision decided that pre and post work activities that are not "integral and indispensable" are not required to be compensated. Such activities were defined by the Court to be integral and indispensable "if it is an intrinsic element of those activities and one with which the employee cannot dispense if he is to perform his principal activities."

DSI Comment: Warm up and stretching exercises are used by many employers pre-shift and during shift as an injury prevention strategy. Using the above definition, one would seemingly conclude that this exercise activity would fall under the non-compensable definition. Time will tell what effect this ruling could have on warm up/stretching exercises and other injury prevention/wellness activities provided by and compensated for by employers.

DSI'S NEW JOB FUNCTION MATCHING® SOFTWARE

This cloud based software program facilitates the development of

  • DSI's Job Function Description™
  • Job Function Test™
  • Job Function Matching®
  • Ergonomic Opportunities

Major advancements are seamless use of job analysis information to populate the DSI Job Function Descriptions > Test > Job Matching and Ergonomic report. ADAAA compliance is high as there the testing is developed directly from the job description in essential function format. The DSI Job Function Matching format also facilitates reasonable accommodation information to be aligned directly with specific tasks. To learn more about DSI's Job Function Matching® system and to join our growing list of new software users, contact ghalling@dsiworksolutions.com or call 270.245.1000.

WEBINARS FOR ADVANCED LEARNING:

Work Injury Management & Prevention Webinar Series
Each Educational Webinar is 90 Min. in Length 
(1.5 contact hours) 
Click here for list of topics and order form

Full Webinar Series: $495.00

  • 1 webinar: $60
  • 2-5 webinars: $50 each
  • 6+ webinars: $45 each

2015 JOB FUNCTION MATCHING TRAINING CALENDAR

January 23-25: Training: DSI Job Function Matching and FCA: Perham, MN - OPEN
February 20-21: Training: DSI FCA ONLY: Goodyear, AZ - OPEN
April TBA: Training: DSI Job Function Matching and FCA: Bowling Green, KY - OPEN
May TBA: Training: DSI Job Function Matching and FCA: Medford, WI - OPEN

DSI is currently scheduling trainings for Job Function Matching, FCA and Working Onsite in Industry. For the most current training schedule, contact Ginnie Halling PT at ghalling@dsiworksolutions.com

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