When it comes to ergonomics, organizations typically look to outside specialists for solutions, leaving workers out of the equation. However, a successful ergonomic program often relies on the level of worker engagement. A participatory approach ensures that those who are directly affected by the hazards are actively involved in their identification, assessment and control. PSHSA has found that higher worker involvement leads to more measurable and sustainable changes.
Recognizing the benefits of participatory ergonomics, PSHSA has developed a unique approach to the prevention of MSD and STF for staff, clients and the public. The Employees Participating in Change (EPIC) program provides employers and employees with vital information and guidance. The EPIC program takes a proactive approach and depends on a participatory framework to provide those in the organization with the necessary skills and abilities to identify, assess and control MSD and STF hazards. The EPIC program seeks to guide organizations through the development of a comprehensive injury prevention program for MSD and STF.
McMaster Health Services Research Unit at McMaster University Research Study (2010)
Institute for Work & Health Research Study (2013)