To prevent injuries in the workplace and improve the health and wellbeing of our staff, we have been trialling a program that measures the impact of everyday activities on the body.
Silver Chain Group Manager of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Mark Devenyns, said the organisation is currently utilising technology from an external organisation, DorsaVi, to identify whether staff are subject to harmful physical strain whilst completing their workplace tasks.
“We film staff who have been marked up with movement sensors as they complete some of the common activities involved in providing services for Silver Chain clients,” Mark explained.
“We use the sensors to measure the way our staff move their lower back, shoulders and upper arms while performing a range of everyday tasks, from making the bed or cleaning a toilet to dressing a wound or administering IV antibiotics.
“The data we receive from the sensors can then be analysed to help us identify risks that our staff may be facing whilst at work and using the results we are then able to introduce interventions to help reduce these risks.”
Across our community health and care services, we have been able to implement the use of protective equipment such as kneeling pads and advanced modern compression garments, reducing injuries and incidents.
“Having access to this information is invaluable as it means we are able to help reduce the risk of our staff being injured in an ever changing work environment by correcting high risk techniques or addressing the way we schedule staff activity.”
By putting such measures in place, we ensure that our clients are receiving the best standard of care while our staff work within a safe and supportive environment.