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Gowan Consulting provides monthly webtips on health and disability management issues. The information contained in these webtips is for informational purposes and does not replace the advice of your own legal or medical professionals. As a subscribed member you will have access to all webtips within our Webtip Archive. The Upcoming Webtips include the latest research, legal decisions and tools to enable you as a return to work expert to improve the health and productivity of your employees. ONCE YOU ARE LOGGED IN AS A SUBSCRIBER SIMPLY CLICK ON THE WEBTIP TITLE AND THEN THE PDF DOCUMENT TO ACCESS ANY WEBTIP.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome UPDATE 2016

Date Created: 2016 Sep

CTS is one of the costliest and disabling work-related upper extremity disorders (Huisstede et al. 2010). While the causal link between work duties and carpal tunnel syndrome continues to be debated, it is important that employers have an understanding about not only what it is, but why it occurs, and how to manage it within the workplace.

Questions that will be answered in this Web Tip will include:

 

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Mindfulness: The Benefits to the Workplace

Date Created: 2016 Jun

Stress is needed to survive. However chronic and long-term exposure to stress has negative consequences on one's physical and psychological health. Stress is prevalent in the workplace today and impacts productivity in the workplace through presenteeism, absenteeism, labour turn over and health costs. Gowan Consulting will provide a webtip on what mindfulness is, how a mindfulness intervention can have benefits in the workplace, and how the intervention is best delivered in a workplace setting

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Accommodations In The Workplace

Date Created: 2016 Jun

This toolkit will provide employers with the information needed to provide an accommodation program for employees with disabilities. It includes the legal statutes, and decisions as well as forms and checklists that will help in developing an accommodation plan.

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Disability Management Update 2015

Date Created: 2016 Mar

This webtip provides you with the latest disability management trends and legislative changes. There is access to resources and websites that will allow you to stay on top of the changes. Additional resources are available for members under the resources section. Once you have purchased the webtip you too can have access to the resources page.

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Stay at Work and Attendance Support for Distressed Employees

Date Created: 2016 Feb

This webtip explores the challenges in the workplace that employees face when they are distress, and how to accommodate for the functional limitations when developing a stay at work or attendance support plan.

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Cognitive Demands Analysis and Return to Work Planning

Date Created: 2016 Feb

This webtip explores the challenges in the workplace that an employee faces with cognitive or behavioral limitations, and how to accommodate for these functional limitations when developing a return to work plan. It also discusses Cognitive Demands Analysis (CDA) a work specific objective evaluation of the cognitive, emotional and psychological skills required to perform the ESSENTIAL duties of a position.

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Cognition and Return to Work Planning

Date Created: 2016 Feb

This webtip explores the challenges in the workplace that an employee faces with cognitive or behavioral limitations, and how to accommodate for these functional limitations when developing a return to work plan.

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Practice Guidelines for Input Devices and Keyboard Trays

Date Created: 2015 Feb

Comprehensive guidelines for determining the appropriate input devices and positioning issues with input devices when computing. Includes research, assessment, intervention and tools.

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Practice Guidelines for Upper Extremity Support

Date Created: 2015 Feb

Comprehensive guidelines based on research evidence regarding the use of Upper extremity Supports with computer work.  Includes research, assessment, intervention and suggested tools.

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Practice Guidelines for Sit Stand Workstations

Date Created: 2015 Feb

Comprehensive evidence based guideline on how to determine if a sit stand workstation is the right approach for your employee ergonomic needs.

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Practice Guidelines for Return to Work Facilitation

Date Created: 2015 Feb

Comprehensive guidelines developed by professional return to work experts that will help with RTW Facilitation.  Includes full guidelines and forms.

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Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Reactivation

Date Created: 2015 Feb

Comprehensive evidence based practice guideline for Mental Health Reactivation. Useful for any occupational therapist for the management of Mental Health Reactivation in the Workplace.

Includes: assessment, programming, research, bibliography

 

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Disability Management Update Webinar 2013

Date Created: 2014 Jan

Enjoy our Webinar on the Disability Management Updates for 2013.  This one hour webinar provides an overview of statistics, changes in laws, legal decisions and resources that will assist you in managing your return to work and disability management programs.

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Disability Management Update 2013

Date Created: 2014 Jan

 

This web tip reviews the main disability management information from the last year including the updates on health and medical information.  To get a copy of our FREE Webinar outlining the changes of 2013 contact us at gowanhealth@gowanhealth.com

 

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Musculskeletal Disorders ..What are they and what can I do?

Date Created: 2013 Jul

This webtip explores the Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD's) most commonly found in the workplace. Each MSD is explained and explored for better recognition and prevention. This webtip will provide an outline for employers to increase their knowledge of MSD's as well as the steps they can take to minimize lost time and increase productivity in the workplace.

 

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Musculoskeletal Disorders and Taking Breaks...Do they really work?

Date Created: 2013 Jul

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Musculoskeletal disorders have been connected with repetitive work in roles such as call centres. This Web Tip will review what musculoskeletal disorders are, what current legislation supports, and research regarding their link to a call center environment. Finally, recommendations for stretching and breaks are provided, as well as tips for employers.  

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Visual Demands Analysis and Accommodating Vision in the Workplace

Date Created: 2013 Feb
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Health Effects of Too Much Sitting/Sedentary Lifestyle: The NEAT Truth

Date Created: 2013 Jan

This web tip explores the effects that too much sitting/sedentary lifestyle can have on your health by reviewing the current research on this topic. Evidence indicates that recommendations aimed at reducing sitting time/sedentary behaviours may be more effective than those targeted at promoting physical activity. Suggestions for changes to your daily activities as well as workplace recommendations are provided in order to assist employers with addressing this issue with their chair-bound employees.     

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Depression in the Workplace

Date Created: 2012 Oct

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This webtip explores the challenges in the workplace that an employee faces with depression, and how to accommodate for these functional limitations when developing a return to work plan and/or providing workplace accommodations. This webtip will provide a step by step guide for employers in order to explain how to accommodate for employee's with depression.

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AODA Accessible Employment Standards 2012

Date Created: 2012 Aug

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This webtip explores the specific Employment Standards and deadlines outlined in the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. This webtip will provide a step-by-step guide in order to explain how to incorporate AODA's Employment Standards into the human resources practices of your organization.

 

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Cognitive Demands Analysis for Return to Work Planning

Date Created: 2012 Jul

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This webtip explores the challenges in the workplace that an employee faces with cognitive or behavioral limitations, and how to accommodate for these functional limitations when developing a return to work plan. This webtip will provide a step by step guide in order to explain how to incorporate a Cognitive Demands Analysis into a return to work program.   

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Managing Scent Sensitivities in the Workplace

Date Created: 2012 Jun

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This webtip explores the challenges in the workplace that an employee faces with environmental sensitivities.  As our workplaces face new building materials, chemicals in the workplace and increasing frequency of environmental sensitivities it is important to examine strategies to accommodate employees and how to implement whole solutions in the workplace. This webtip will provide a step by step guide to manage these requests.

 

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Office Ergonomics Toolkit

Date Created: 2012 Apr

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This toolkit provides the user with decision making guidelines, office ergonomic assessment process, chair guidelines, equipment tools and resources to perform an office ergonomic assessment.

 

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Developing Ergonomic Chair Guidelines in the Workplace

Date Created: 2012 Apr

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By Melanie Weller, BHSc(OT), OT Reg (ON)

 

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WSIB Work Reintegration 2011

Date Created: 2011 Nov

This web tip will be focused on the changes to the WSIB Service model and the Work Reintegration program over the past year. It will provide you with an overview of the changes, links to the policies and suggestions on ways to improve your program.

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AODA Integrated Standards TImelines and Regulation

Date Created: 2011 Nov

This tool provides an outline of the timelines associated with the AODA integrated standards regulation for employment, information and communication and transportation for employers with more than 50 employees.  it also provides a copy of the regulations.

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Work and Health in the UK 2011

Date Created: 2011 Oct

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Information Sheet for Employees on Mental Health

Date Created: 2011 Aug

This Web tip is a Fact Sheet that can be provided to Employees with mental health conditions early in the stay at work/return to work process.

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Impact of Psychological Issues on Functional Performance

Date Created: 2011 Aug

Many factors beyond pain and physical capabilities can moderate the performance of functional abilities in real life (ability to work, take care of oneself and enjoy leisure), or those observed in functional capacity evaluations. Psychological factors have a strong relationship to functional abilities and can significantly affect results of functional capacity evaluations and job performance.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome UPDATE 2011

Date Created: 2011 May

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), found to affect 5.3% of women and 2.1% of men in the working ages (Huisstede et al. 2010), is a condition caused by the compression of the median nerve at the wrist where it crosses the carpal tunnel. Its early symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the hand, especially at night.

 

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Educating Stakeholders in Return to Work

Date Created: 2010 Nov

 

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Rationale and Objectives for Managing Disability in the Workplace

Date Created: 2010 Aug

Disability is defined by the World Health Organization's (WHO) framework of disability provided by the International Classification of Functioning (ICF).

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The Economic and Social Benefits of Managing Disability in the Workplace

Date Created: 2010 Jun

 

Despite the fact there are societal and legal requirements to accommodate persons with disabilities in the workplace; a comprehensive disability management program has many economic and social benefits. Simply being off work can be bad for your health.  This webtip will focus on the economic and social benefits of managing disability in the workplace.  It will provide you with key steps to develop an accommodation program and tools for planning return to work.   This webtip will help to provide you with the reasons for managing disability in your workplace.

 

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Accommodations for Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Date Created: 2010 Jun

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Accessibility Toolkit

Date Created: 2010 Jun

This toolkit provides an employer with the steps to manage the implementation of the AODA Regulations to improve Accessibility in the Workplace. It includes an outline of the program model, a sample policy, the steps for improving accessible customer service and specific strategies and tools that can be used in the process.   A presentation outline is included to be used with employees, volunteers and board members to understand how to assist with implementation of the accessibility regulations.

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Managing Mental Health and Return to Work Accommodations

Date Created: 2010 Apr




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Mental Health Toolkit

Date Created: 2010 Apr

This toolkit provides an employer with the steps to manage a return to work process for an individual with mental health conditions.  It includes an outline of the legal obligations, the steps for return to work and specific strategies and tools that can be used in the process.   A presentation outline is included to be used with managers or supervisors to understand how to assist with return to work.

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Return to Work Toolkit for Managers

Date Created: 2010 Mar

Educating managers on their rights and responsibilities in the return to work process facilitates early and safe return to work.  This guide book provides a toolkit that the manager should use in planning and monitoring return to work.  It provides guidance on how to communicate with employee, health care providers and the workplace on return to work needs and opportunities.

 

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Accommodation for Individuals with Low Vision in the Workplace

Date Created: 2010 Feb

As we age, visual impairments become more apparent at the workplace. Our natural visual capabilities change as our years progress but our work demands appear to remain the same. Also, as individuals age, they are more prone to visual disturbances related to health issues such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and macular degeneration. This webtip focuses on strategies to accommodate individuals with visual impairments in the workplace.  As well you are provided with a presentation on visual ergonomics and a health eyes tip sheet.

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Workplace Violence Prevention Programs Implementing Bill168 Provisions in your workplace by June 15, 2010

Date Created: 2010 Feb

 

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Disability Management Update - November 2009

Date Created: 2009 Nov

This webtip provides you with the latest disability management trends and legislative changes.  There is access to resources and websites that will allow you to stay on top of the changes.  Additional resources are available for members under the resources section. Once you have purchased the webtip you too can have access to the resources page.

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Using the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP TM) to Facilitate Return to Work Planning

Date Created: 2009 Oct

Recently occupational health interventions have changed from disease and symptom treatment to a more functional model of disability prevention. In the past, the healthcare system inaccurately followed theories such as the 'rest-to-recover' myth. It took years of telling low-back injured workers to 'go home and rest' to learn that this model of recovery was in fact flawed. All the evidence today suggests that people with physical and mental health conditions are able to rise to meet challenges and do not require rest for the recovery process to occur.

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Shift Work and Health in the Workplace

Date Created: 2009 Sep

Shift work is common in many of our workplaces. In fact over 25% of the workforce in North America works in a shift work environment. It may include working continuous night shift or rotational shifts. Recent studies have documented the health effects of shift work. This webtip will examine the latest research and strategies to counteract the health effects of shift work. It will also examine strategies that you can use to question a medical note that indicates "no shift work" to ensure that your accommodation is appropriate.

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Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in White and Blue Collar Workers

Date Created: 2009 Jul

The McGuinty Government's Safe At Work Ontario has developed a new approach to workplace and health safety which focuses on workplaces with higher than average lost-time injury rates and claim costs.  On March 18, 2009 the McGuinty Government announced that an April 2009 blitz would target Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) at the workplace (Ministry of Labour, 2009).  This webtip will provide you with the research results and steps that employers can take to control for this pain.

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Violence and Harassment in the Workplace OH&S Act Bill 168

Date Created: 2009 Jul

This webtip discusses some legal decisions, and practical approaches to your requirement to meet the new Bill 168 regulations.  We are also including a brief PowerPoint presentation that can be used in your workplace to help managers and the workplace parties understand what they can do to address Violence and Harassment in the Workplace.

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Managing Mental Health and Accommodation

Date Created: 2009 Jun

Mental health has become the concern of many companies around the world. It robs individuals of their productivity, self worth and their ability to function and robs employers of their competitive advantage. This webtip focuses on the latest statistics, legal decisions with respect to accommodation of mental health conditions and provides you with strategies to accommodate individuals in the workplace. Included with this webtip is a chart of accommodation strategies you can use in your workplace.

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Duty to Accommodate: Accommodation for Individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries

Date Created: 2009 Jun

Worklessness (or the inability to work) was found to be as costly to your health as smoking 10 cigarettes per day (study completed in the UK, 2008).  Work provides a purpose and identity for individuals.  Having meaningful and productive work to do, is part of a well balanced quality of life.   For many individuals with Acquired Brain Injury the road back to work can be difficult and even mild brain injuries can interfere with being able to complete job tasks.  It is important to understand the employer's duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities when returning to work and your

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Accessibility in the Workplace - Meeting your obligations under AODA, 2005

Date Created: 2009 May

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 provides for development of standards for accessibility in the workplace. The AODA sets out standards for customer service, information and communication, transportation, employment and the built environment.  Every employer in Ontario will be required to meet these standards within the next few years (the timelines vary for public and private employers).  This webtip will outline the specific standards that are currently available.

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Predicting Chronic Disability in Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)

Date Created: 2009 Mar

In past web tips we have examined red and yellow flags that might predict workplace disability and chronicity of disability.  This tip will review various flags that can help a disability management professional determine issues that may delay recovery. The contents of this web tip have been taken from the "Musculoskeletal disorders: primary and secondary interventions" by Robert J. Gatchel, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology 14 (2004), 161-170.

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Keeping Disability Management on the Corporate Radar in Challenging Economic Times

Date Created: 2009 Feb

The business and economic atmosphere is changing. With that change comes the challenge of promoting disability management and return to work as key components for any workplace. This Webtip outlines the strategies that you can use to promote disability management and how to approach a disability management audit in your workplace. Measurement and reporting on the results on any disability management program will help to keep the corporate senior management team committed to your goals and objectives even in this difficult economic environment.

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The Role Of The Primary Care Physician In Timely Return To Work

Date Created: 2009 Jan

The Ontario Medical Association approved the newest addition of the Position Paper on "The Role of the Primary Care Physician in Timely Return to Work" in December 2008. The following are the core recommendations contained in this position paper. It is important that you examine the full report for all of the explanations of the role and the recommendations but this will provide you with an overview of the principles in this new paper. For the complete position paper visit the OMA website.

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