IMPACC (Injury Management, Prevention, & Cost Containment), the No Lost Time program, is a comprehensive program designed to help employers reduce injury claims, worker’s comp costs, and have fewer lost workdays. Another benefit is improved productivity and quality as well as better employee morale.
The four-part process is devoted to the care of the back, neck, and upper extremities. Training and education focuses on decreasing fatigue, stretching to prevent injury, and improving workers’ behavior, postures, and body mechanics. Hundreds of companies who have participated in the program have dramatically reduced worker’s comp claims and costs. In fact, clients average a 72% reduction in absenteeism for back, neck, and/or arm problems.
Step 1: Work Risk Analysis
Our therapists will begin with a visit to your site to identify the risk factors contributing to injuries and evaluate your claims patterns, workplace politics, employees’ attitudes, and injury response policies.
Step 2: Manager-Supervisor Training
These two- to four-hour sessions help your managers develop a common understanding and awareness of Neck-Arm Cumulative Trauma Disorders and/or Back injury claims prevention. We’ll discuss musculoskeletal function and injury, sociopolitical issues, prevention tactics, ergonomics, worker self-care motivations, and return-to-work tactics. Together, we address your company’s challenges and look for low-cost and workable solutions. A follow up session in a round-table format takes place 60 days later, allowing participants to bring up questions or issues that may come up following training.
Step 3: Employee Work Smart Training
Many injuries are caused by joint, muscle, or tendon fatigue. Work Smart Back Schools and/or Work Smart Neck-Arm-Hand Schools emphasize person prevention strategies and fatigue avoidance. The easy-to-understand
presentations and workbooks teach accepting responsibility for self-care of the working body using personal ergonomics and stretching.
Step 4: Ergo-Team Training
Ergonomic Team Training is advanced training for a select group of employees, supervisors, engineers, and health and safety staff. They’ll receive instruction on performing ongoing ergonomic work risks analysis, and learn about tactics for correcting hazards. To assure aggressive participation and long-term success, we suggest that the team meet on a regular basis to evaluate high-risk jobs and changes in production that might affect safety. We will also provide you with the Work Smart Ergo Plan, which can serve as a resource for your policy and procedures manual. It closely approximates OSHA and NIOSH’s guidelines for ergonomics programs and can help assure your company’s maximum success. At Northern Physical Therapy, our goal is to help your office workers, plant workers, supervisors, and management understand how to perform everyday tasks more safely. We encourage all employees to take ownership of their own health and safety and to understand how everyone can play a role in reducing injuries and their related costs.