Workplace Health at Gunnison Valley Health
Prevention through treatment
Healthy workers are happy workers. If you're having pain at your workstation
or at your job, there is likely something that can be done. Our workplace
health team can look at your physical movement strategies and your job
or workstation demands and offer productive solutions. We provide post-offer
testing, ergonomic training and assessment, Work Comp rehabilitation,
work conditioning, and Functional Capacity Evaluations.
At GVH Rehab and Athletic Medicine we know that prevention is the best
form of therapy. We have programs designed to help prevent workplace injuries
and put employers in the strongest possible position to create a culture
of safety and concern for employees' well-being.
The first step in a healthy work force is to make sure the people you are
hiring have the physical abilities to perform the job tasks. We recommend
and provide post-offer testing using our standardized, computerized
Physical Capacity Profile® (PCP) test.
Post-offer testing occurs after a candidate has been offered a job. This
type of test usually includes a medical history work up.
We recommend post-offer testing as it provides a far richer data set than
traditional pre-employment testing, including medical history and pre-existing
conditions. A post-offer PCP test measures body fat and weight, range
of motion, limb strength, lift strength and determines quantitative physical
limits that are correlated with Department of Labor strength categories
and is compliant with ADA, EEOC, and HIPAA.
Because the assessment data is quantitative, it can be used as a baseline
for comparison to any future post-injury assessment. Likewise, test data
is benchmarked against AMA guidelines. These test attributes are compelling
in workers compensation cases where a comparison of pre- and post- injury
impairments is the determining factor in claim awards.
The cost savings an employer generally realizes from improved matching
of candidates to job requirements far exceed any testing costs. Multiple
studies have shown drastic reductions in job-related injuries when employees
are matched to job requirements through PCP test results. Those reductions
not only prevent workers compensation claims, they increase the number
of healthy work days across an organization.
Similarly, reductions in workers compensation claim payouts are realized
when pre-injury impairments are catalogued before an injury occurs. This
limits workers compensation to covering only impairments related to on-the-job
injuries. In addition, accurate measurement of whether an impairment was
job-related is a significant factor in preventing experience rate modification
for insurance premiums. In one study, average annual workers compensation
expenses were shown to decline 36% once PCP post-offer testing was instituted
as a candidate assessment method.
Once employees with the right physical capabilities are in place it is
important to ensure they understand how to move and to lift safely and
effectively. It is also important that their work stations or work areas
are maximized for safety and efficiency. We offer low-cost ergonomic training
and ergonomic assessments to address these needs.
Typically, we offer ergonomic training in a group setting which makes it
an extremely low-cost intervention tailored to the employers’ work
force and job demands. We offer an emphasis on training for lead employees
and managers to take ongoing responsibility for the program back at the
- Options available for posters, pamphlets and other “reminders”
to reinforce key points related to workplace ergonomics.
- Education in body awareness, body mechanics, proper lifting and injury
prevention strategies with emphasis on problems unique to your workplace
and job tasks.
- Bi-annual training and surveying has been shown to be most effective.
- Investing in employees’ well-being improves morale, productivity
Ergonomic Assessments (work site or work station assessments)
Our ergonomic assessments help reduce stress in the workplace and can potentially
lower Work Comp premiums. Some of the services we offer in our workplace
- Performed for a single employee, a group, or an entire organization.
- The key advantage to our assessment is that we also assess the employee
to determine their physical capabilities and abilities to move well. Our
experience shows that spending on new equipment (desks, chairs, monitors
etc.) is often not effective without addressing physical issues with the employee.
- This can effectively reduce physical stress and injuries associated with
repetitive tasks, compromised postures, and overuse.
- Job design and workstation layout recommendations to reduce or eliminate
potential hazards while providing professional recommendations on reducing
physical stress in the workplace.
- Expertise can be provided to assist in proper job classifications and job
descriptions which may more accurately depict your job demands. Such changes
when done correctly have the potential to lower your Work Comp premiums
- Expertise can be provided in developing a safety plan specific to areas
within your operation.
- Shows management commitment which improves morale and culture.
Work Comp Rehabilitation
In the event a workplace injury does occur, the tam at GVH Rehabilitation
and Athletic Medicine provides the best care and integration for an injured
worker. In addition to the most experienced team in the valley we help
to manage the Work Comp process through:
- Communication – We work very closely and are able to share case notes
with the medical providers at the GVH Family Medicine Clinic and the Crested
Butte Town Clinic which enhances flow and communication. We keep all interested
parties including the employee, physician, case manager and employer apprised
of the employee’s progress.
- Early Intervention – We prioritize getting patients in and started
on their road to recovery. There is overwhelming evidence that early treatment
via physical therapy improves outcomes and leads to a quicker return to work.
- Early return – Additional research shows getting an injured employee
back to work, even in a light duty situation, leads to better outcomes.
In cases of more severe injuries we have additional options for resolution
not offered anywhere else in the valley. In cases in which an employee
has been out of work for an extended time, particularly if the job the
plan to return to is physical in nature, work conditioning can be an excellent option.
Work conditioning is a structured program administered physical therapists
with patients in the clinic for 2+ hours.
- This specific program includes simulating tasks and functions specific
to your employee’s job requirements, cardiovascular conditioning,
training in proper lifting techniques, and core strengthening. Work Conditioning
also instills skills the employee will return to work with such as proper
“warm-up”, stretching between tasks and at home as well as
- Physical preparation via Work Conditioning greatly enhances your employee’s
chance of successfully returning to work.
In rare cases where there are questions surrounding an employee’s
capability of returning to work, a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
may provide relevant information. An FCE is a full-day, whole-body, standardized
test designed to provide a comprehensive picture of the injured employee’s
physical abilities and tolerances. These are whole day tests prescribed
by a physician and authorized by the Work Comp carrier. GVH is the only
testing site in Gunnison County capable of performing this valuable service.
Gunnison Valley Health Rehab and Athletic Medicine Services
– Workplace Health –
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-5694