Dr. Sonia Paquette, OTD, OTR/L, CPE, D-ABVE

Ergonomics, Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation

(866) 861-8659


Goal: qualify, quantify and reduce the risk of developing work related musculoskeletal disorders.

By helping employees stay at work despite an injury or musculoskeletal complaints while gradually re-building productivity, I can help lower companies’ health care expenditures while raising worker productivity. Health care expenditures will decrease due to reduced medical insurance premiums, reduced absenteeism, reduced turnover rates, reduced worker’s compensation claims, reduced tardiness, reduced disability rate, etc.

Risk assessment

Using widely used tools in the scientific literature, risk assessments can be used to identify problem areas or rank order already identified problems.

Ergonomic assessment and correction

When there are complaints of musculoskeletal problems, early referral usually allows early intervention, which eventually prevents complaints from becoming an injury. It usually involves much less intensive clinical intervention, if any. Usually, recommendations for minor accommodations result from this type of evaluation.

Post-offer pre-hire screen

When there is no possibility to reduce the risk factors in one particular department, it may be wise to then screen employees who will perform these functions for goodness-of-fit. Based on a functional job description that I develop with your help, I can design ADA compatible post-offer-pre-hire screening tests and assess potential workers.

Modified duty job bank

Wouldn’t it be easier if you could consider a few workstations as potential “modified duties” temporary assignment? If you could trust that, with minimal follow-up and considering the type of injury, the worker’s job is compatible with the temporary restrictions without having to think it through everytime? This “bank” of job tasks will undoubtedly facilitate assigning work to injured workers. Tools and software database included.

Ergonomics team consultation, training or implementation

Whether you have an “ergo team” and just want a little push to get it to the next level or are starting from zero, I can help. When there are too many problems to tackle at once, it may be useful to turn to an outside consultant to help with managing the projects your team has worked on for months. Training your current ergonomics team on disability management or on using tools to identify and prioritize musculoskeletal risk factors is also available.

Training programs

For supervisors, occupational safety and health committee members, and others, to facilitate the assignment of light duties.The guide and “tools for modified work” are used for training. See these tools at http://www.santepub-mtl.qc.ca/omrt/summary.html .

Presenteeism measure and correction

We know that absenteeism has been the battle field of most human resources managers, occupational health nurses and safety committees in the last decade. But how about “presenteeism”, which is the phenomenon that occurs when a person is at work but unable to function adequately? Studies have shown that up to 33% of the work hours may be lost due to presenteeism. Using reliable and validated tools, I can help you identify areas or departments where presenteeism is the greatest, help you find its determinants and tackle the problems at the source.