The literature is unanimous: behavioral interventions are not effective when carried out in isolation. This does not mean that training employees is useless: it just implies that it should be part of a broader, well structured program.
Erg'OH Conseil's specific training method, based on ergonomics and on paramedical sciences, follows 4 main rules:
The training structure is illustrated below, as we use it e.g., with paramedics and healthcare staff. Steps 1-5 take place in a theory room (although the participants are already very active) and last approx. 2hrs. At least 2hrs should be dedicated to practicing in real-life situations.
In the second part (field training), we have observed that the trainer should proceed as follows:
At the end of the training, participants should be familiar with all the aspects of the lifting or carrying sequence illustrated below.
Of course, such training is dense and brings a lot of content. Hence, splitting it over 2 sessions is appreciated, when feasible. Furthermore, participants are made aware of the fact that changing habits can only occur one step at a time. Hence, they receive at the beginning of the training a template sheet in which they can define and arrange their own goals.
The feedback we have been receiving for years is unanimously positive. Participants report to have learned and understood a lot about how the body works, even if they received prior manual handling training. Employers report to see behaviors and culture evolve, and appreciate to receive a first-level ergonomic assessment as part of the training.
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Erg'OH Conseil is a consulting firm specialized in posturology, ergonomics and occupational health. We are based in Lausanne and in the canton of Fribourg, Switzerland. We mainly work in French-speaking Switzerland.
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