The advantages of medical-grade wearable technology has been seen in a project with Bard Pharmaceuticals. MSDs were a key business challenge for Bard, so they teamed up with dorsaVi to help reduce risk.
Employing dorsaVi’s ViSafe system, warehouse employees were fitted with wireless movement and muscle sensors to measure the impact of their movements throughout the day. This data was simultaneously synced with video footage.
The data and the key insights delivered from that data allowed Bard to understand their employees’ traditional practices and which movements objectively place severe strain on the body. This led to a re-evaluation of certain movements that were high-risk, manual and often time-consuming. These movements were then compared with alternative movements that put less strain on the body and often took less time too. The result was a 40% reduction of the time spent in high-risk postures and ultimately an 87% reduction in MSDs.
Having access to objective data not only allowed Bard to make changes to their employees’ ways of working, but it also helped getting the employees on board with the changes. Understanding why they should change the way they work by presenting them with objective data is vital to motivating them to change. The project was successful and Bard earned the 2017 EEF Future Manufacturing Health and Safety Award for their efforts to look after the health and safety of their employees.
But MSDs aren’t just a risk in manual labour jobs. An assessment conducted by dorsaVi for a client in an office environment found that employees spent 54% of their day sitting, of which 76% was in a slouched sitting posture. Even in an agile work environment, where employees changed their positions on average 16 times a day, most of the sitting was done in poor posture. Through the use of ViSafe technology and by giving feedback on the spot, dorsaVi was able to correct postures so the employees spent 100% of their time in the lowest-risk zone of their respective workstations.