Ergonomic Consulting Group

Our consultants have been providing worksite ergonomic evaluations in the greater San Francisco Bay area for the past 20 years.

Free phone consultation: 510-763-9181

Services We Provide

Injury Prevention & Ergonomic Evaluations:

We provide ergonomic assessments prescribed by a treating physician, as well as those deemed necessary within an organization for work safety and injury prevention. Individual, group, and company wide evaluation services are available. Home office evaluations are also available.

Ergonomic Training & Education:

We provide the appropriate level of training for employees, supervisors, and management.

  • Examples of Class Themes
  • Office Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics and the Field Service Worker
  • Ergonomics in Manufacturing
  • Ergonomics in Food Processing
  • Back Safety and Safe Lifting Techniques
  • Stay Fit for Work
  • Containing Worker's Compensation Costs
  • On Site Transitional Work Programs

Movement Education:

We introduce practical and accessible forms of movement education based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais and Pete Egoscue to help individuals improve posture, body mechanics that lead to a reduction in workplace injuries. Please ask us about this unique service and how it can enhance your injury prevention program. Includes "Stretch and Flex" for warm up and preparation for job duties, Back Safety Training, and ongoing Corrective Exercise Classes for all ability levels and job classifications.

Program Development:

We help establish all components of a successful ergonomic program including, Benchmarking Costs, Policies and Procedures, Ergonomic Committee, Early Reporting, Medical Case Management, and measuring Return On Investment (ROI).

Job Analysis and Description:

We document essential job demands for Medical Management and assess options for "reasonable accommodation."

Benefits to Employers and Employees

  1. Reduction in injuries and illnesses, which affect workers’ compensation and medical costs.
  2. Compliance with present and future OSHA regulations.
  3. Reduction in stress and fatigue, resulting in greater efficiency, improved product quality, and a better way of life for all employees.
  4. Provides employees with a safe and productive work environment free from recognized hazards.

Return to Work Regulations, 2006

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has given a green light to some of the proposed Return to Work regulations while sending others back to the Division of Worker’s Compensation for further revision.

OAL has cleared proposed RTW Regulations 10004 and 10005 that provide the means to implement L.C. § 139.48 provisions for reimbursing small employers for the cost of job accommodations, effective August 18, 2006. Employers with fewer than 50 employees can apply to DWC for reimbursement for the cost of physical job modifications for their employees who become disabled as a result of work injuries. The employers can apply for reimbursement of accommodation costs for temporarily disabled employees (up to $1250) or permanently disabled employees (up to $2500) by completing From DWC AD 20005 and submitting the form, along with proof of expenditures, to the DWC at 1515 Clay Street 17th Floor Oakland, CA 94612. The text for these regulations is available at

On Site Work Tolerance Screening

Work Tolerance Screening Defined:

Individualized one on one evaluation in which selected critical physical demands of work are simulated in a controlled setting. The simulated work activity allows the employee to demonstrate his or her own unique response to work demands and where appropriate, evaluates, such problems as uncontrolled pain, motivational problems, or multiple impairments. This information will help determine whether the employee can return to the usual and customary job or perform the physical demand requirements of a new or modified job.

Work Tolerance Screening Objective:

On site evaluations aim to simulate the essential job demands of the targeted job, in this case the dispatcher position. Tolerances are determined by observing the employee in scheduled episodes of work activity and gathering feedback. Careful observation is critical and two to three days are necessary to capture the essence of symptomatic response and overall endurance for the duration of work according to the usual and customary job demands on consecutive days.

Components of the On Site Work Tolerance Screening:

  1. We would need a job analysis.
  2. Ensure that an ergonomic assessment had been completed and recommendations implemented prior to the work tolerance evaluation.
  3. Meet with supervisor and any management personnel interested in establishing the objectives of the WTS.
  4. Based on the Job Analysis a schedule is created to assess tolerances by observing essential work activity.
  5. Essential tasks are performed over the course of a regularly scheduled shift for three consecutive days and results are carefully documented by the evaluator.
  6. A summary report is generated outlining work tolerances and behavioral worker traits, which reflect employability, feasibility, work tolerances, and pain response to essential work activity.
  7. An exit staffing is available upon request.

Components of the Final Report:

  1. Description of Worker Traits and Feasibility issues
  2. Symptomatic response to specific work activity
  3. Break down of daily work schedule and scheduled breaks
  4. Summary of work tasks and duration of work cycles
  5. Summary of physical tolerances for essential job demands

Now Offering Web-Based Evaluations

With the use of the Internet as a tool we are able to provide our services online providing flexibility to better fit your needs. While we are able to continue to accomplish our tasks on site, by opening up web-based evaluations we are able to meet the demands our expanding clientele and squeeze into your schedules.

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