REAS™ II: Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist™ II - Live Online Training
Workshop Hours: 12:30-4:00 Eastern Time

***NOTE*** This day of instruction is part one of a two-part certification program. Part two consists of a self-paced, three-hour online practicum that includes a multiple choice exam along with two practice assessments that must be submitted for review.

In addition, there is also one hour of pre-recorded literature review that is required viewing. Access to literature review is granted immediately upon registration.

This is an intermediate level course and assumes you have taken REAS, CEAS I & II or have an equivalent understanding of performing remote and in-person ergonomics assessments.

Learn to perform industrial ergonomics assessments remotely from the comfort of your home!

In this course you will learn a delivery process that applies practical ergonomics assessment tools to meet the industry standards of OSHA - The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration - in a field ergonomics capacity. All while serving safely, effectively, efficiently, and remotely.

You will learn a new way of working in field ergonomics. By leveraging the ‘tribal knowledge’ existing from within 1) onsite data gathering personnel, combined with 2) remote offsite data processing ergonomist expertise - a new far-reaching, multi-site opportunity presents itself.

Rather than physically traveling from site-to-site, exposing oneself to myriad safety risk exposures inherent in diverse workplaces, the Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist II can spread their influence to more locations - more safely, efficiently and effectively - than ever before. This protective step further benefits the corporate or industrial client’s risk exposure by limiting unnecessary contractor presence onsite at their facilities.

The goal of the Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist II course is to skillfully apply real time ergonomics expertise to 1) advance onsite leadership capabilities, 2) leverage onsite frontline knowledge, and 3) engage the onsite workforce in matters that impact them most - to the broadest beneficiaries with the least risk exposure.

Why REAS II is Needed

  • As industrial workplaces carefully return to normal operations following Covid-19 lockdowns and beyond, many are doing so with a workforce that has been held dormant during the hiatus. This favors de-conditioning.
  • Every ergonomics exposure pre-lockdown takes on a new level of importance, due to their heightened impact with a de-conditioned workforce. Existing policy and procedure calls for renewed scrutiny given this new reality. 
  • Safety Professionals, Healthcare Practitioners and Human Resource Specialists can confront this new landscape with processes bringing the best practices of the past into this new era of exposure – and opportunity.  

What REAS II Does

  • Participatory Ergonomics is discussed in this course, as it is intended to help employer organizations adopt and implement sustainable health and safety processes in a dispersive workforce age. Coaching is its cornerstone.
  • Behavior-Based Safety is also explored, since it is a way to advance leadership capabilities, leverage frontline knowledge, and engage the workforce in matters that most concern them – whether onsite or offsite.
  • Both Participatory Ergonomics and Behavior-Based Safety were developed to engage employees in designing integrated solutions that address a wide range of work environment, organization, safety, and health issues. This course applies them in new ways given the new challenges of a post-Covid world.  
  • Both Participatory Ergonomics and Behavior-Based Safety approaches include policies, processes, and practices that integrate 1) protection from work-related safety and health hazards, with 2) promotion of injury and illness–prevention efforts to advance worker well-being. This course introduces how to achieve these ends as an accessible Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist II.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply the learned information and be prepared to perform a field ergonomics-grade Remote Ergonomics Assessment using assessment tools covered in REAS, CEAS I and CEAS II including – but not limited to – REBA, RULA, WAC and more.   

  • Explain and apply the Deming Cycle, as it maps onto Malchaire and Piette’s ‘Co-ordinated strategy of prevention and control of the biomechanical factors associated with the risk of musculoskeletal disorders’ – as described in the 2002 publication of International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 
  • Understand and apply the ‘Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling’ booklet - developed and prepared for publication by the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service, Research and Education Unit, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, California Department of Industrial Relations  (https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/mmh.pdf ) - uniquely to field ergonomics clients.

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*CEUs:

This course is currently pre-approved for CEUs by the AOTA, BOC. AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Domain of OT & Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

This and many of our courses are currently or have in the past been pre-approved for continuing education credit by most state PT boards. Other specialties/professional disciplines should be able to submit for individual credit but it is important for you to contact your state licensing board or professional credentialing board for information regarding policies and the amount of continuing education credits allowed for online courses.

ABOUT ATTENDING THE PRESENTATION:

Once you have completed your registration you will receive a registration confirmation email with information and links to RSVP to the presentation. You MUST RSVP to attend the presentation.

*** NOTE *** Once you have RSVP’d using you will receive an email that will include the link to login to the presentation on the live date as well as the password for entering the presentation.

COURSE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Participants must be present for all 4 hours (one hour of pre-course literature review and three hours of lecture) of class work which includes course participation and group work, practice and demonstration, for the awarding of CEUs. Those wanting to earn their REAS II Certification must then, after completion of the course, complete the 3-hour REAS II Online Practicum portion consisting of a 50 question exam as well as two sample assessments graded by an instructor for $195.00.

Pricing

Tuition: $295.00

About Certification

At the conclusion of the live workshop attendees will have earned a Certificate of Attendance awarding 4 CEUs.  If you wish to attain REAS II Certification you must complete the three-hour practicum. After successful completion of the practicum attendees will receive their certification designating them as a Remote Ergonomics Assessment Specialist II (REAS II).

POLICIES

Tuition is refundable less $50.00 if canceled 14 days before the workshop date. Tuition is not refundable under any circumstance, for registrations or cancellations after the 14 days has expired. You may only change workshop dates two times, then tuition will be forfeited.

Who Should Register

PTs, OTs, CHTs, RNs, PT Students, Certified Safety Professionals, Industrial Engineers, Risk Managers, Ergonomists, Human Resources Professionals, PTAs, OTAs, ATs, NPs, OT Students, Industrial Hygienists, Chiropractors, Claims Managers, Safety Committee Members, Office Furniture Sales and anyone wanting to learn how to decrease risk of musculoskeletal disorders and increase productivity and job satisfaction..

Physical Therapy Relevance Statement

Legislation such as the Affordable Care Act has added uncertainty to the future of health care business models and payment. Telehealth physical therapy is gaining more attention as providers, patients and payers all seek more effective and efficient ways to deliver care. Telehealth ergonomics will not replace traditional therapy - but it will give flexibility to provide services. Quicker screening, assessment and referral can improve care coordination within collaborative delivery. Using exercise rehabilitation based on virtual space can improve patient outcomes, save medical expenses resulting from spatial displacement - and program according to appropriate time for patients. – American Physical Therapy Association

Dates/Location

Dates Location
 
Sep 30, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020 Live Online Training Workshop
Live Online Training Workshop
Live Online Training Workshop, GA 30318

Matt Jeffs, PT, DPT, CEAS II

Matt Jeffs, PT, DPT, CEAS II
Overview – The ‘Why’
My varied background has informed and inspired me to be an agent of positive change. When confronted with outmoded delivery models which deliver – at best – inefficiency and ineffectiveness, I’m drawn to employ my creative potential and strive to deliver more. Part of this is out of a sense of social justice and compassion for our common humanity. Part is also to serve as the change I wish to see in the world. Every day is another opportunity to leave an enduring legacy. One that positively inspires those who follow us. My goal is to spend my remaining days here on earth doing just that.

Summary – The ‘How’
My combination of seasoned skill in public speaking, broadcasting and leadership with award-winning clinical excellence in sports, orthopedics and industrial medicine has been the foundation of my career success. This skill-set allows me to provide positive, verifiable work-injury reduction and risk mitigation from corporate clientele to clinical providers. It’s accomplished by serving business-to-business, business-to-provider and business-to-consumer formats.

In my leadership role with the First Coast Manufacturers Association as its Workforce Education Director, I served as Consultant to the FCMA Board of Directors. Here, I provided this powerful industrial trade consortium of some 300 manufacturers and North Florida companies with sound advice in workforce optimization and cost containment strategies.

Armed with two professional clinical degrees in physical therapy and licensed in two states (FL and NC) with over 25 years of clinical and management experience, I have directly overseen the successful rehabilitation of >23,000 individuals in the clinical setting. As a Lean Practitioner equipped with over 12,000 hours of direct onsite experience serving clients in corporate and industrial settings, I apply continuous improvement methodology to all onsite projects and processes.

Corporate leaders and academic colleagues seek me out for sound advisement and reliable solutions to the evolving patterns of a fluid, dynamic workplace. As such, I am regularly sought to address colleges, universities, professional associations, trade groups and executive summits to convey my philosophy and applications for successful injury prevention, cost-reduction and workforce performance improvement.

Principal Faculty at The Back School – The ‘What’
Serving as Principal Faculty at The Back School (TBS), I draw directly on the FCMA Workforce Education Director role mentioned above. In that past role, I worked with local colleges and universities to better prepare student skill sets for high paying advanced manufacturing careers. Presently, I arrange for TBS Ergonomics Course attendees to gain hands-on assessment experience at technical colleges in the Southeast. We no longer simply lecture. We now immerse our students.

At FCMA, my tasks included directing  their Workforce Development Committee, which focused Human  Resources Managers on common issues facing manufacturers. In this past role, I developed top onboarding, workforce education and training programs for FCMA member companies. FCMA's Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - such as its Plant Manager Executive SIG - also fell under my Workforce Development Committee duties. This experience gives me ease when addressing senior leadership in corporate clientele on behalf of The Back School as its Principal Faculty.

At FCMA, I also directed the Environmental Health & Safety Committee, a preemptive group charged with identifying harmful issues impacting manufacturers and their surrounding communities. The EH&S Committee emphasized legislative and regulatory issues by forming partnerships with regulators and environmental organizations. In this role, I coordinated relevant workshops and seminars on various issues relating to  EH&S.  Routinely, I arranged  subject matter expert presenters selected from within the association's membership. This practical experience allows me conversant roles with a variety of technical professionals on behalf of The Back School.

Lastly, I oversaw FCMA’s Professional Progress curriculum, a premier 8-month leadership training program I conducted to provide instruction, interaction and discussion skills necessary for leadership success in tomorrow’s advanced manufacturing workplace. As Principal Faculty at The Back School, I’m tasked with bringing together leadership personnel from all age groups and industries to cultivate common ground and expedite mutually beneficial, value-added projects.

Onsite Health & Safety Specialist
Both workplace safety factors and workforce health influences jointly contribute to many problems confronting today’s business and industry. Until recently, these two areas were often fragmented and isolated. Safety was handled in the EHS silo, while employee health remained in the HR silo. Prevailing science now supports combining these efforts through initiatives that integrate safety protection and health promotion. Inefficiencies are truncated while benefits compound.

In this sphere of influence, my company Ability On-Demand has been field-tested. Employee participants report positive experiences with better communication and mutual understanding with management. Employers report better workforce relations, improved performance in key indicators, and a shared sense of commitment in corporate culture.

The benefits of a committed willingness to listen to perspectives of front line staff, provide our corporate clientele valuable feedback and workable solutions to operational challenges. Working together to address feasible root cause measures yields compounding dividends. It’s a 21st century business model that's also a great business to be in.

Keynote Speaker & Onsite Therapy Services Consultant
As an onsite industrial Doctor of Physical Therapy with clients throughout the Southeastern US, I provide verifiable, sustainable ROI in direct and indirect healthcare savings to international firms and clinical providers.
This is accomplished through workforce education initiatives, ergonomic analyses, job demand analyses, defined job demand descriptions, legally-defensible job demand capacity evaluations, pre-work screenings, fit-for-work screenings, transitional rapid return-to-work strategies, early intervention onsite first-aid screenings, onsite physical therapy evaluation / treatment, and plant-wide communications in public speaking, audio and video formats.

Meta-Physical Therapy TaijiFit Instructor
As a safety management advisor for national and international firms, I also serve as a Tai Chi Fitness Instructor in multiple settings. From hospital-owned fitness centers to modern industrial workplaces, I apply what I named ‘Meta-Physical Therapy’ to students, faculty and professionals alike. Mind-Body Awareness creates a safer, healthier and more productive work environment in every setting. Applying myself to this important transition is my life’s work, and I hope offering insight on how to make the corporate mind and body work together - for the most people possible - is a goal worthy of us all.

Conclusion – Again, The ‘Why’
As a ‘medical multiculturalist’, I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with the most forward-thinking colleagues who happen to have the following initials after their names: MD; PA; NP; RN; LPN; DPT; LPTA; OTD; OTR, COTA; PhD; SPHR; CSP; DC and many, many more. Every one of these individuals has taught me something. As someone who crosses lines easily into worlds other than my own, I will continue to strive to leave a legacy of excellence through continuous improvement. The positive change I help create is something I’m confident will outlast me. That, is my simple mission.

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DAY 1

CONTENT TIME OBJECTIVE METHOD

The Pivotal Shift to Remote EHS Tele-Ergo

12:30PM - 1:00PM

Outline New Telework Industrial Ergo

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Bending The Old Curve Using EHS Tele-Ergo

1:00PM - 1:45PM

Apply Industrial Telehealth & Tele-Ergo

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Breaking Old Models Using New Thinking

1:45PM - 2:30PM

Analyze Components of Industrial Tele-Ergo

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

Break

2:30PM - 2:45PM

Break

Break

Blending New Thinking with New Standards

2:45PM - 3:30PM

Evaluate Best Practice ‘Live’ Job Coaching

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion

The Path Forward in Virtual Connectivity

3:30PM - 4:00PM

Devise New Industrial Tele-Ergo Models

Lecture, Power Point, Handouts, Discussion