The Well Workplace

Deborah Lechner

Deborah Lechner, ErgoScience President, combines an extensive research background with 25-plus years of clinical experience. Under her leadership, ErgoScience continues to use the science of work to improve workplace safety, productivity and profitability.

Recent Posts

Why a Medical Release to Return to Work “ain’t all that…”

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 19, 2022 10:50:33 AM

Return-to-Work Physical Abilities Testing in Workers’ Compensation Cases Changes the Game

After an injured worker has received medical treatment, physical therapy, – maybe even surgery - the release to work decision is typically made by the treating physician.

Is that a good thing? Not always…

The physician is deciding whether the injury is medically resolved or, in more chronic cases, whether the person has reached “Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI).

Typically, that decision is based on some combination of x-rays, MRIs, physical examination of the injured body part, standards of clinical practice, watching the patient move, or…asking the patient if they feel “ready to go back to work.”

You might say the decision is based 20-30% upon objective information but a whole lot based on intuition.

But no one has EVALUATED whether the person still has the physical ability to do the job…

After all, the person did the job BEFORE the injury. Why can he/she/they do the job NOW?

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Logistics KPIs: How Pre Hire Assessment of Physical Abilities Helps Achieve Them…

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jul 12, 2022 2:43:10 PM

Pre Employment Testing of Applicant Physical Abilities Helps Logistics  Achieve KPIs

In the warehouse and logistics industry, it’s all about speed and accuracy. And the industry’s KPIs reflect those two factors:

Speed Related KPIs: On-Time Shipping – shows the percentage of shipments that left the warehouse on time. Inability to ship on time can create disappointed customers and decrease the likelihood that shipments make it to the customer in time for a pending event.

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The Stress of Heat Stress: How It Affects Your Workforce…

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Jun 22, 2022 3:40:57 PM

heat stress

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Food Processing & Production Injuries:  Can they be prevented?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 31, 2022 2:36:22 PM

This is the introduction for a five-part series on injuries and prevention strategies in the food processing and production industry.

The Food Production/Processing Industry:  Which industries are included?  

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Now that you've hired someone who can't do the job...what next?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 24, 2022 4:47:07 PM

If you think you just can't afford to do Pre-Hire Physical Abilities Testing with the current workforce shortage...what CAN you do to prevent injuries?    

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ISO 45001: Does It Relate to Injury Prevention?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 19, 2022 12:22:12 PM

Why the new ISO 45001 Standard for Occupational Health and Safety? 

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Supercharged Injury Prevention Strategies

Posted by Deborah Lechner
May 6, 2022 1:48:33 PM

 

 

 

 

Attend this free live virtual workshop June 14th at 12:00 pm CDT to find out...

The ChallengeWhile many safety and risk professionals are struggling to prevent injuries…

There’s a small group who are decreasing injuries on a consistent basis…

And it’s not because they are better safety/risk professionals than you…

Or that they more of an expert than you – far from it.

It’s all because they are using a time-tested process proven to:

Determine the root cause of injuries
Identify customized injury prevention programs
Seamlessly implement those programs

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Best Injury Prevention Programs?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Apr 8, 2022 1:31:09 PM

 

 

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OSHA Requirements: Who's the boss? State? Federal?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Mar 14, 2022 7:30:00 AM

Ensuring compliance with occupational safety and health regulations is an essential element of business success, given the legal hassles and steep fines that can come with failing to meet those expectations. One of the more confusing aspects of compliance is that health and safety regulations are imposed by both the federal government and state governments. Many states impose their own occupational health and safety standards in addition to those set by OSHA. Even though these standards are meant to work in tandem, it’s not always clear which ones an employer must obey.

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What do Job Analysis and the Three Little Pigs Have in Common?

Posted by Deborah Lechner
Mar 8, 2022 9:28:46 AM

What does job analysis and the 3 little pigs have in common?

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