The Ergonomics Research and Education program at Life West is dedicated to the study, development and implementation of ergonomics solutions to keeping people healthier and more productive on the job and in every area of life.
Ergonomics is a truly multi-disciplinary field that draws on the expertise of many seemingly diverse professions including, but not limited to engineers, healthcare practitioners, human resource professionals, educators and others.
The doctor of chiropractic is optimally positioned to provide vital input into the greater development and progress of this field of study and service.
The LCCW Ergonomics Research and Education program:
Provides a setting for research into ergonomics designs and processes through collaborative efforts between research professionals, Life West and businesses.
Trains and develops Life West students in ergonomics principles and methods to support improved health.
Provides post-graduate educational opportunities to chiropractors and other professionals in ergonomics principles and practices to improve health and to promote interdisciplinary cooperation and understanding in the field. (See Continuing Education for the schedule of upcoming seminars approved for re-licensure credit through the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, The Oxford Research Institute and other agencies).
Ergonomics: Four-Step Method
The Four-Step Method utilizes the following four-phased, approach:
- Phase I: Getting The Facts – Involves the surveillance and investigation of workers and employers regarding their injury and illness trends.
- Phase II: Analysis Of The Data/Finding the Solution – The gathered data is analyzed and prioritized in terms of the risk level, as well as report with reasonable recommendation for action.
- Phase III: Implementation of Fixes or Interventions – Involves the actual implementation of the recommended action items with project timelines.
- Phase IV: Evaluate The Results – Lastly, is to reevaluate or measure the program results and the tracking of outcomes to determine it’s effectiveness.