SERVICES

 

Services provided by Robinson Ergonomics are outlined below. Please contact Dan to discuss how Robinson Ergonomics can contribute to the success of your business.


Corporate Ergonomics Programs

From policy through practice, Robinson Ergonomics can guide the development and maintenance of a Corporate Ergonomics Program that integrates well with your existing business practices for injury risk management, purchasing, design and engineering, process improvement and quality management. Getting from policy to practice involves the allocation and training of in-house resources, strategic implementation, and raising awareness among employees. If desired, Robinson Ergonomics can remain a resource to provide ongoing support to your program.

Office Ergonomics Assessments

Ergonomic assessments in a computing environment aim to prevent work-related injury, but may also be part of abilities management or return-to-work strategies for employees with existing health conditions, functional limitations or injuries that are aggravated by work. Individual assessments target workstation configuration and practical solutions to fit each employee and the work they perform, from executive to call centre, data entry to programming.

Industrial Ergonomics Assessments

Ergonomic assessments in an industrial environment provide a systematic review of how work is performed, identifying opportunities for improvement and injury risk management. The participatory approach to assessment values and involves the expertise of employees who perform the work. Solutions draw on broad experience in primary industry (e.g., mining, forestry, energy), manufacturing (e.g., sawmill, construction, smelting, component assembly), warehousing and distribution, laboratory, healthcare, maintenance shops, municipal utilities, and others.

Ergonomics and Human Factors in the Design Process

Architectural design, interior design, workstation design and configuration, work process planning, technical apparel design, tool and consumer product design all have one thing in common – the intent is to produce something that will be used and preferred by people. An Ergonomist adds value and expertise to the design process that is recognized towards LEED accreditation for Architectural and Interior Design, and is a required element in the development of products for medical or military use. Services in the design process can target front-end input to assist with understanding user requirements and defining product performance specifications; mid-design input to evaluate or test prototypes; and later stage user testing to confirm that the design meets intended performance specifications.

Universal Design

Based on seven universal design principles and human factors engineering practices, universal design seeks to create in a manner that is usable by all people (within realistic constraints), considering a broad range of human size and capabilities. Universal design can improve access, safety and usability for an aging population, people with functional limitations (physical, cognitive or sensory), financial limitations, or different cultural experience. Applied to facility, housing, product or program design, this approach adds value by expanding the target market and contributing to sustainability.

Ergonomics Education and Training

Ergonomics education and training can be delivered in any environment and at a level that appropriately targets shop floor employees, office employees, health & safety committees, managers and executives, foremen and crew supervisors, and professionals in design, engineering or rehabilitation. Delivery can range from shop floor and tailgate talks on specific issues, to 1-hour ergonomics awareness sessions, to multi-day train-the-trainer and ergonomic assessment skills courses. All courses are tailored to the specific environment and needs of the client, and are delivered with active dialogue and input from participants. Dr. Robinson has experience delivering training within industry, professional, and university environments.

Communication Skills Development

Clear communication and engagement strategies are critical for successful outcomes – no matter what your business. Building rapport and providing feedback or direction to workers, gathering information from end users, running focus groups, dealing with clients, or running effective committee meetings all draw on the same basic skills. Well-developed interview and facilitation skills create safety and trust, develop focus, and expand or narrow the dialogue. This one-day workshop, delivered by Selina Robinson, MA, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, is useful for managers, supervisors, foremen, safety or occupational health professionals, design professionals, and any other individual whose role is to gather information, develop relationship, or to effect change through interaction.

Vibration Exposure Assessment

Concerned that exposure to whole-body or hand-arm vibration may pose a risk of injury or discomfort for your employees? We can measure exposure under typical operating conditions, compare to the prevailing international standards (ISO 2631 or ISO 5349), and provide analysis that guides the development of practical strategies to minimize risk. This can include comparative analysis of potential solutions or purchasing options for equipment.

Applied Research and Technology Development

"Proof of concept" and "evidence-based decisions" are often required business elements. Developing the business case for innovation and gathering information to support evidence-based decisions can be a challenge. Robinson Ergonomics can provide unbiased assistance to address those challenges by helping to formulate the questions that need asking, performing a comprehensive review to summarize existing knowledge and evidence, designing strategies to gather required information, and designing and conducting research that can be used to test hypotheses or verify concepts. Determine whether you are likely to have the desired outcome before committing to full-scale manufacturing.

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