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New WorkWell Provider Learning Center Launches
We are thrilled to announce the launch of WorkWell Provider Training (WWPT), our brand new Learning Center portal. Offering personalized access for each provider, this new Learning Center will allow for expanded training, professional development, mentoring and service delivery for our community of Occupational Health-focused professionals.
Providers will be able to:
- Enroll in live webinars
- Track history of completed courses
- Browse through a growing library of self-paced e-learning modules and interactive Provider Resource Center
- Link to the Solutions FCE/FJA documentation app
- Network with other providers, share resources and ask questions
Upgrade to the WorkWell Easy Train Membership and make the WorkWell Learning Center your “go to” place for training, coaching and support.
Looking for Resources?
Exclusive to members, the Provider Resource Center is full of practical ideas, best practices and ready-to-go tools.
- Research, informative articles and webinar presentations
- Educational resources for employers, employees and providers
- Archived newsletters
- FAQs and sample reports
- Customizable brochures
Take a peek at what’s in the Provider Resource Center
Understanding and Measuring Push & Pull Forces
Moving an object requires force. Pushing and pulling forces are often misunderstood by employers, physicians, and even therapists. There are many types of force, including frictional force, tensional force, air resistance, gravitational force and applied forces.
Push/Pull force is complicated. Here are a few examples of how force is misunderstood. None of the following statements is true:
- If a job requires 50# of push force you can determine whether applicants meet the job demand by putting 50# in a crate and having them push the box across a counter top
- If you push a 300# patient in a wheelchair it requires 300# of push force.
- The patient has a 20# restriction, so he cannot push a utility cart with more than 20# on it.
Safe Lifting Calculator Tools
Wondering how much weight a person can safely lift? The answer is, “it depends”. In addition to the load weight itself, other variables include distance, height and angle of the lift or carry.
Fortunately, there are some online tools that can assist in calculating this information in a consistent, organized manner. While clinical judgement must always prevail, these tools can be a helpful way to explore “what if” options for making changes to a lifting task. Documentation of outcomes and improvements can be supported by use of “before and after” measurements.
We have compiled this list of tools to make available to you as references. Use of these tools and preference for which tools you might use is left to your own professional judgement.
Check out the resource center today. Membership required.