Ergonomics: Ergonomics is the science that addresses human performance and well-being in relation to various types of jobs, equipment, tools and environment. The way your computer and desk are set up greatly affects the position of the body and how you feel. Improper body positioning can lead to pain, chronic health problems and impaired performance. This science can also be applied around the house. Tips for improving body mechanics and the environment you live and work in will be covered.

How to Prevent On-the-Job Injuries: This seminar focuses on ways to prevent workplace injuries (which will reduce workers’ compensation costs and lost work days). Topics discussed include: definitions of MSD (musculoskeletal disorder), how injuries occur and can be prevented, and proper ergonomics. The teamwork of employers and employees is stressed in injury prevention. This talk conforms to the currently voluntary OSHA guidelines for workplace ergonomics, and a certificate of participation is available for participants’ personnel files if desired.

Office Ergonomics 101: This program focuses on proper positioning while sitting at a work station. We will discuss neutral body positions, posture and how it relates to proper sitting, the effects of poor posture has on the spine and extremities, and general stretches appropriate for the workplace.

Repetitive Motion Injuries: Tens of thousands of injuries each year are caused by repetitive motions. There are different ways injuries can happen, but they all result from stress or strain imposed on some part of the body from a task’s repetitive nature. This includes typing, computer mouse use and recurring motions such as twisting, turning and grasping. Connective tissues can become sore and sometimes unusable from repeated exposure to micro-trauma. Because of the slow onset of symptoms, people sometimes ignore the condition until the symptoms become chronic and permanent injury occurs. Participants will learn about ways to recognize injuries and ways to prevent them from occurring.

Safety Skills for Young Children: What should parents teach their children about basic safety? When should parents begin to talk with children about safety concerns?   What limits and boundaries should be set for children in order to keep them safe? Discuss these and important questions regarding child safety. The presentation is oriented toward parents with children ages preschool to early elementary school.

Self-Defense – Creating Awareness: The focus and basis for all personal safety begins and centers on a survival mentality and having a plan for unexpected situations. Join us for a demonstration of self defense anyone can use in a matter of seconds in case of an emergency. Participants will learn how to set boundaries, practice communication skills and develop the art of de-escalation.

Sprains, Strains, and Pain: We will focus on risk factors for sprains and strains and ways to decrease risk of musculoskeletal injuries at the workplace. We will also discuss the most common sprains and strains and talk about interventions for quicker recovery from an injury.

Summer Survival: Along with summer fun and sun, comes many health and safety issues that we should all be aware of during this time of the year. This includes: sun safety, boating safety, bicycle safety, grilling safety, heat stroke, drinking water, tick bites and more. Come learn more about these topics and how to make your summer safe and healthy!

Taking Care of Your Back: Back pain is one of the most common workplace problems, with millions of Americans suffering from back pain. In fact, back pain is the second leading cause of absenteeism from work according to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Participants will learn how correct posture and strengthening and stretching exercises can help protect the back from injury.

Worker Ergonomics 101: This program focuses on labor industries and how to best perform job demands with proper body mechanics. We will engage the audience to describe their work tasks and we will talk about how to best perform the tasks with less risk of musculoskeletal injury.