Webinar - Identifying Critical Physical Demanding Tasks of Personal Support Workers and the Implications for Ergonomic Interventions

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

This is a free webinar offered through the Client/Patient Handling Community of Practice (CoP), in partnership with CRE-MSD, PSHSA, and VHA Home HealthCare.

In this webinar

The job duties of Personal Support Workers (PSWs) continues to expand. As a result, it is critical to obtain knowledge of the tasks that are the most demanding and potentially pose the largest injury risks. This information can help direct ergonomic interventions to mitigate injury risk, in particular musculoskeletal disorders.

This webinar will present findings from a survey of over 400 PSWs, consisting of the most physically demanding and frequently completed PSW work tasks, along with descriptions of contextual factors that influence the intensity of the physical demand required for specific tasks. 

About the presenters

Ms. Daphne Ho is an MSc student in the Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab at the University of Waterloo. Her research is focused on the use of wearable technologies as a tool to help monitor and reduce biomechanical exposure in the workplace. In addition, she is currently working closely with the Personal Support Worker population in an effort to mitigate injury risk amongst these workers. 

Dr. Steven Fischer is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo. Steven directs research in the Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab (OBEL) where the main thrust of his research focusses on evaluating and enhancing occupational/workplace performance. Dr. Fischer’s current research focuses on developing and evaluating pre/post hire physical employment tests for physical demanding professions; and, on identifying how individual factors (e.g., arm strength, leg strength, etc.) affect movement behaviours when performing occupational tasks. His research is supported by research-industry partnership grants and contracts in addition to government sponsored operating and infrastructure awards. https://uwaterloo.ca/occupational-biomechanics-and-ergonomics-lab | @biomechergolab | OBEL on YouTube

Webinar resources

Webinar recording (VIDEO)

Webinar slide presentation (PDF)

For assistance, please contact Betina Butler at bbutler@uwaterloo.ca.

Disclaimer: CRE-MSD receives funding through a grant provided by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. The views expressed are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre nor of the Province of Ontario.