Corporate Offsite Services

Our qualified team of Health Professionals have an extensive range of experience, in a wide variety of worksites including foundries, mines, refineries, factories, NGOs, transport organisations, office/administration and tourist industries.

Services that NQTS provide for proactive employers include:

Manual Handling / Office Ergonomics

NQTS will assess various departments of the workplace to assess manual tasks from a Risk Assessment perspective and provide ideas on solutions to control identified hazards. NQTS provide feedback via presentations to supervisors or meetings to discuss and assist with control implementation.

Manual Handling Training - includes teaching correct techniques to workers such as pushing / pulling; lifting, moving, grasping, handling and climbing.  We offer classroom training, competency based training and workplace training. 

Office Ergonomics - Workers in offices often think they are immune to injuries due to the “light” nature of work. These workers are however often at risk to Occupational Overuse Injuries (OOS), an umbrella term for a range of diagnosis such as tendonitis (e.g. golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow), carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve impingements etc. These injuries are cumulative in nature but usually give the worker a range of symptoms before it becomes debilitating. Correct set-up of the office environment, use of micro-breaks and stretches performed by workers in the course of their usual work can reduce the risk of these injuries.

PErforM - Participatory Ergonomic Workshops - NQTS provides PErforM which is a program researched and developed by the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.  PErforM incorporates the process of consultation between workers, supervisors, managers and safety personnel to identifying and rating risk factors specific to their workplace, and identifying control mechanisms to reduce musculoskeletal strains and sprains.

PErforM Participatory Ergonomic Programs

PErforM was initially developed by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), for general industry, as a part of a manual tasks research project. The PErforM program has since been modified for use in the surface and underground coal mining industries as well as the civil construction industry. North Queensland Therapy Services offers tailed PErforM Participatory Programs to companies looking for a wholistic approach to obtaining input from all areas of the workforce when managing manual tasks risks.

Through this program participants will be educated to:

  • Identify risk factors 
  • Systematically assess hazardous manual tasks,
  • Develop and implement controls,
  • Train workers and contractors in the risk assessment process.
  • Play an essential role in reducing the risk of injury in workplaces.

Health Training Seminars

Courses / toolbox talks NQTS provide to workplaces include:

  • Manual Handling Training
  • Perform Workshops
  • Office Ergonomics Training
  • Heat Stress Training
  • Rehabilitation and Return to Work Co-ordinator Training
  • Exercises At Work
  • Other programs or series of toolbox talks can be individually tailored to your company’s needs

Vocational Rehabilitation / Injury Management

NQTS are experienced in assisting injured employees with return to work programs to return employees to their pre-injury role or vocational redirection if they are unable to return to work. NQTS can assist for particularly difficult cases where there is multiple or complex injuries or difficult circumstances.

  • Case Management
  • Pain Management Coaching
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Vocational Assessments
  • Work Site Visits
  • Job Task Analysis or Develop a Suitable Duties Manual for different departments in your workplace
  • Return to Work Programs
  • Vocational Re-direction
  • Work Trial Set-up

Pre-employment Assessments

Employers who wish to determine if there is a match between job applicant’s abilities and workplace task demands can do pre-employment functional assessments. This is a two step process involving

  1. Job Task Analysis and
  2. Establishing a Functional Capacity Assessment to match the position.

Workplace Fitness programs

Employers who wish to improve the health of their employees. NQTS can provide workplace fitness programs for individual or group on-site training. Programs include discussions about holistic health with emphasis on exercise, nutrition, relaxation and stretching, a baseline assessment and periodic reviews.

Workplace Observations- Manual Handling Observations

Employers that are looking for a proactive approach to manual handling training, workplace observations is an onsite-feedback approach. This involves an Occupational Therapist walking around worksites with a supervisor to watch workers perform normal workplace duties, and then approaching them in relation to their manual handling techniques. Workers are congratulated on good postures/ work practices and improvements that can be made will be discussed.

Job Task Analysis

NQTS provides companies with detailed documentation which explains the physical demands of each position in a company.  The benefit of this process includes:  Using the reports to demonstrate to the doctor, the full requirements of the job; To assist with pre-employment processes, and ensures they match the job requirements and to assist with rehabilitation and graduated return to work programs.

Manual Handling Audits / Ergonomic Analysis

Assist companies to determine manual handling risks associated with current workplace activities.  Ergonomic standards such as White Papers and evidence based standards are considered to determine the risk of the job to causing injuries.  Control options are discussed in our reports, though trials and consultantion is recommended prior to implementing any changes.

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