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BAX-U CASE STUDY - Wellness and Ergonomics Impacting Performance

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WHY THE CASE STUDY

     To explore other ways to incorporate wellness into ergonomics

     To determine how impactful the BAX-U device could be to assist in the ergonomic corrective action process

     To enable Seattle City Light employee to have additional, proven avenues to explore to improve their well being

HOW PARTICIPANTS WERE CHOSEN

     Participants had to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the small case study (53)

      o  Previous users of our online risk tool

      o  Show discomfort levels in areas we felt BAX-U could impact

          Neck

          Shoulders

          Back

          Head position

HOW PARTICIPANTS WERE CHOSEN

     Participants had to also:

      o  Be willing to follow the guidelines of the study

     Complete an initial assessment

     Wear the device as prescribed by Dr. Ghassemi, inventor of BAX-U

     Complete an exit survey

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INITIAL RESPONSES

     When fitting was conducted

      o  5/53 (9%) required a different size from what they chose from the size chart

      o  49/53 (92.4%) felt an immediate difference once the fitting was completed

      o  30/53 (56.6%) felt immediate pain relief once fitted

INITIAL DATA

     52/53 (98.1%) completed the initial online risk assessment prior to fitting

     Participants were restricted to the Seattle Municipal Tower and our nearby 901 Location

     Risk categories for the participants

      o  High Risk- 20 (38%)

      o  Medium Risk- 13 (24%)

      o  Low Risk- 20 (38%)

INITIAL DATA

     Overall risk score for the group - 853

     Overall score for the utility currently - 300

     Lost productivity time - 41 minutes

     Lost productivity for the utility - 30

     Annual cost of lost productivity for the group - $14,717

     Annual cost for the utility (per person) - 10,955

INITIAL RESPONSES

     All participants had some form of elevated discomfort that the BAX-U was designed to help relieve

     As the fittings were being conducted

      o  23 additional employees wanted to know about the study

      o  A list was being taken to ensure follow up with those employees

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OVERVIEW

     Survey period: May 14-June 7, 2018

     Total responses: 34

Q1: DID YOU FEEL AN IMMEDIATE CHANGE IN YOUR POSTURE WITH THE DEVICE?

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Q2: HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU BEEN WEARING THE DEVICE

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Q3: HAS WEARING THE BAX-U DEVICE MADE YOU MORE AWARE OF BETTER WORK ERGONOMICS?

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Q4: WHICH OF THESE ARE MOST AFFECTED WHEN WEARING BAX-U

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Q5: HAVE YOU WORN THE BAX-U WHILE EXERCISING?

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Q6: WOULD YOU RECOMMEND BAX-U TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW?

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EXIT ASSESSMENT RESULTS

     Risk categories for the participants oHigh Risk- 10 (18.8%)

      o  Medium Risk- 13 (24.4%)

      o  Low Risk- 30 (56.8%)

CONCLUSIONS TO DATE

     Case Study with Think Healthy using the BAX-U posture system

      o Using the device for 3 months data showed

         o  63% improvement in overall discomfort levels

         o  75% improvement in neck and back discomfort specifically

         o  45% improvement in employee risk score (853/385)

         o  21% drop in lost productivity minutes (41/32)

         o  20% drop in lost productivity costs per employee ($14,717/11,774)

CONCLUSIONS TO DATE

     Success with this small case study has allowed us to begin work on planning additional case studies

      o A second study using wearables (2019)

           Use of a shirt style device

           Include field/industrial workers this time

      o Introducing the potential use of exoskeletons at the utility (Late 2018/early 2019)

           Limited job tasks

           Non-energized work only

CONCLUSIONS TO DATE

     Additional Metrics regarding this case study will be made available at Ergo Expo in August

      o 24 August 8:30am-9:30am

           PM9 - Building and Maintaining a Successful Ergonomics Process

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QUESTIONS

Keith Osborne Ergonomist Seattle City Light

Keith.Osborne@seattle.gov

Dr Romina Ghassemi D.C. Think Healthy Inc.

drg@bax-u.com