Atlas News

Are you looking for best practice recommendations, how different solutions may work for you, and quick tips for success?  Look no further than right here where our team shares their thoughts and perspectives on a variety of valuable injury prevention topics.

 

Myths vs. Facts: Sit to Stand Workstations Part 1

Sit to Stand Workstations - Sitting is bad for me so I should stand all day.

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Incorporate Movement Into Your Day

Here are a few tips on how you can start to incorporate movement and exercise into your workday.

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FREE Office Ergonomics Software

We sell our office ergonomics software, AtlasOffice™, to numerous clients. However, doing so is not our only office-based revenue stream since we also provide telephonic and onsite assessments for thousands of sites across the county. Therefore, unlike some of our software-only competitors we have a bit more financial flexibilty, which benefits you.

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Therapist Versus Ergonomist for Office Evaluations

Using a physical therapist to address discomfort within the office environment is often the best choice for several reasons. 

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Getting Results in the Office Starts with Leadership

What drives excellent safety programs?  Leadership is what builds the culture of a successful ergonomics program. 

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Proactive vs. Reactive Office Ergonomic Program

Either approach to address office ergonomics is fine, no matter what people say. At Atlas we have consultants in over 15,000 locations to assist if needed. 

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Quick Tips - Hierarchy of Ergonomic Controls

When implementing ergonomic solutions to control injury risk consider the Hierarchy of Ergonomic Controls.

 

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Office Ergonomics Software: People in Real Pain Need Real People

“What do you get when you put 20 software programmers in a room?” This sounds like the beginning of a joke, but for those spending countless hours on a computer in pain, the punch line isn’t funny. The obvious answer to the question is “simply more software.”  

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Quick Tips - Selecting the Right Ergo Assessment Tool

The key to getting what you need from an ergonomic assessment is selecting the right kind of assessment tool.

 

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Quick Tips - Completing Ergonomic Assessments…Leave it to the Experts

Leave it to ergonomics professionals with experience to quickly and accurately assess jobs.

 

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Quick Tips - How to Assess Jobs with High Variability

Don’t ignore the complexity of jobs with high task variability when doing ergonomic risk assessments. 

 

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Quick Tips - WISHA Lifting Calculator

How much can your employees safely lift?  Consider the WISHA Lifting Calculator as a base tool to calculate simple ergonomic risk assessments on manual lifting or lowering tasks.

 

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Quick Tips - The Strain Index

The Strain Index is a tool used when you need to calculate the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) in hand intensive work.  Repeated tasks with the hands can lead to levels of discomfort in the hands, wrists, and elbows.   

 

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Push, Pull, and Carry Guidelines

Looking for a quick, simple, easy to use table to assess ergonomic job hazards?  Consider using The Liberty Mutual Tables.

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Implementing an Enterprise - Wide Ergonomic Solution

The key to effectively implementing a solution enterprise wide is to pilot and test the solution prior to moving forward with implementation.

 

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Quick Tips - Rapid Entire Body Assessment

Here are some quick tips about the uses and limitations of REBA.

 

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Ergo Design Standards - Focus on the Critical Few

One of the keys to good ergonomic design standards is using relevant anthropometric data.

 

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Quick Tips - The Neutral Posture

Here are some quick tips and reminders to share with your employees about the positive results from applying The Neutral Posture.

 

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Quick Tips - Discomfort Surveys

Here are some quick tips when completing discomfort surveys with your employees.  

 

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Become the Ergonomist

One of our goals at Atlas is to make ergonomics simple and less complex and intimidating.    

 

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The Traveling Ergonomist

When we developed AtlasWork™, we did so with the goals of breaking the assumption of remote services and reducing the cost to analyze ergonomic risk, as well as developing solutions. 

 

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JDAs – Maximizing Their Value

While a JDA sounds better than sliced bread, a typical JDA also usually comes with three weaknesses that restrict it from providing its maximum benefit.

 

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AtlasWork™: Breaking Things

AtlasWork™ was designed to break communication silos and outdated paradigms surrounding ergonomics, return-to-work, and how information is shared about labor intensive work.

 

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: We Believe the Best Solution is Your Solution

An appropriately designed post-offer pre-employment screen program must be sensitive to and support your unique business objectives.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: 3.2 Million Reasons to be Cautious

Another Settlement Highlights Importance of Properly Designed and Monitored Pre-Employment Screening.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: A Cautionary Tale

Trucking Company Settlement Highlights Importance of Properly Designed Pre-Employment Screening.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: A Perfect Record

Of all our injury prevention solutions, post-offer pre-employment physical function screens provide the highest level of legal anxiety for current and potential clients.

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Return-to-Work Physical Ability Screens

When employers think about physical ability screens, they typically think about a post-offer pre-employment configuration. 

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: GINA and Hiring

The last of our video series, with this one discussing how GINA impacts your hiring process.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: Is it legal to test a warehouse job applicant to a coal miner JDA?

A quick video showing how the design of a screen program can get you into legal trouble.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: Pre-offer, Post-offer and Medical Exams

A quick discussion on how the pre- and post-offer stage affects the hiring process.

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Lawyers Are Bad

To be clear, we are not saying that lawyers are bad people. However, a lawyer can turn a good day into a bad day for an employer by challenging the legality of a business practice.  

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: Essential Functions, EEOC, and ADA.

A quick video discussing the relationship between essential functions and the ADA.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: The Role of Essential Functions

Another 2 minute video discussing the impact of essential functions on the hiring process.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: What Employers Can Know When (Part 2)

Here is a quick 2 minute video providing employers guidance on hiring practices.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: What Employers Can Know When

Here is a quick 2 minute video providing employers guidance on hiring practices.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: ADA

Here is a quick 2 minute video discussing ADA and its impact on post-offer screens.

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Post-offer Pre-employment Screens: Employers, Job Applicants, and the Law

Here is a quick 4 minute video discussing legal issues that arise when different perspectives and expectations collide.

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Post-offer Physical Ability Screens: Where are they effective?

You may have heard that conducting post-offer physical ability screens on job applicants is a great strategy to avoid injuries. As a leading provider of this service, of course we agree, but we are also objective enough to say, “It depends.” To help you look at this injury prevention option realistically, here are some things to consider.

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Early Intervention: Location, Location, Location

The challenge for employers, however, has not been believing in the value of the service but finding the service in a format and at locations that easily align with their operations and budget.

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Ergonomics Is the Answer

Recently I stated one of our guiding principles is ‘Ergonomics Is Not The Only Answer.’ The risk in making such a statement is leading people to believe it is okay to leave ergonomics out of the solution set. The truth is—doing so is as risky as believing ergonomics is the only answer.

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Early Intervention: What about “active release”?

Here is a short video discussing our view on the “active release” technique.

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Early Intervention: Where does ergonomics fit within early intervention?

Here is a short video discussing ergonomics and early intervention.

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Early Intervention: When actions can be taken under the umbrella of early intervention?

Here is a short video discussing early intervention service options.

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Early Intervention: When does Early Intervention become a recordable injury?

Here is an excellent short video discussing early intervention and when an event becomes recordable.

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Early Intervention: How does exercise fit into the equation?

Here is a quick video discussing early intervention, OSHA, and exercise.

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Early Intervention: Where are services typically delivered?

Here is a quick video discussing where early intervention services should be performed.

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Office Ergonomics: Program Design and Support

If you are interested in exploring your options for launching an office ergonomics program, please contact us. We support office ergonomics programs of some of the largest organizations in the world.

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Early Intervention: Who should perform services?

Here is a quick video discussing different service provider options.

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Early Intervention: What does it look like?

Here is a quick video discussing the different ways the service can be configured.

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Early Intervention: The Value of Early Reporting

Here is a quick video discussing why the early report of symptoms makes sense.

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Early Intervention: Why is it important?

Here is a quick 1 minute video discussing why you should consider an early intervention program.

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Office Ergonomics: Human Contact Provided

What is your office ergonomics philosophy?  

Do you believe software can provide the complete solution, or is human contact required at some level of risk? If you answered human contact is required, our philosophies align. 

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Ergonomics Is Not The Only Answer

When we launched our company in May 2002, we named it Atlas Ergonomics. We did so because our focus was solely on office ergonomics software, services, and the use of a patent-pending process for call centers. 

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The Best Solution is Your Solution

Injury prevention solutions come in all shapes and sizes. Our approach conflicts with the views of some in the industry because we believe there is no single right answer. 

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Clients Deserve Options

Injury prevention solutions come in all shapes and sizes. They depend on numerous factors, including the characteristics of the injuries, the type of work, the work environment, the number and distribution of employees, budgets, and most important—the client’s goals.

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