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The Research behind the product

Would you entrust your employee’s health to a product that wasn’t based on sound science?

Wellnomics® Risk Management is the world’s first and only scientifically validated office ergonomics software.

Developed in conjunction with a team of international ergonomics experts at the TNO Scientific Research Institute in the Netherlands, the product is based on a three year research project analysing data from over 50 scientific papers on office ergonomics.

Wellnomics risk model

The result is an advanced risk model using sophisticated algorithms designed to accurately measure the key risk factors that affect the health and productivity of office workers.

The above illustrated risk model shows the different factors affecting office workers and the inter-relationships between these factors. Notice how posture and workstation ergonomics, the traditional focus of office safety, is just one of many factors that can result in injury or discomfort. Notice also the feedback loop, wherein Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorder (WMSD) symptoms or injury can affect an employee’s Individual Factors - reducing their ability to cope with normal Work Pressures and Physical Workload.

Wellnomics benchmarks the data collected

As the world leader in measuring computer use 1, Wellnomics has access to a large cross-section of population data2 on computer use against which this model is benchmarked. The chart below shows an example of this benchmarking data - the distribution of average and peak computer use amongst the sampled population of office workers.

Wellnomics compares the collected employee data against this baseline information to calculate relative risk levels in several of the assessment categories.

Measuring Computer Use Exposure

A unique feature of Wellnomics Risk Management is the ability to measure computer use and breaks automatically using Wellnomics Recorder - the first scientifically validated software for measuring computer use3. This feature provides significant advantages over previously used methods, such as user self-reports. The results from one study illustrated below show how user self-reports are highly inaccurate compared with Wellnomics Recorder’s measurements.

Self-Reports
Wellnomics Recorder
Correlation of computer use measured by self reports and Wellnomics Recorder against actual use measured by observation.

 

Validated Risk Reporting

By leveraging the existing research in this field Wellnomics provides clients with well tested and validated tools. For example, discomfort ratings in Wellnomics are measured using the proven Visual Analogue Pain Scale (VAS)4

Psychosocial stressors are evaluated with an assessment based upon the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ)5.

The Wellnomics risk model and recommendations engine has also been tested and validated in studies in real world office environments.

For more information on the validation of WorkPace see The evidence for the effectiveness of Wellnomics® Breaks & Exercise (WorkPace®) .

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1Wellnomics Recorder has been used in some of the most significant large scale studies of computer users to date, such as the 7,000 user Danish NUDATA, and 2,000 user Dutch PROMO studies.

2Cross-sectional data has been sampled from over 60 organisations worldwide that use the Wellnomics WorkPace software. For more information on this analysis please contact Wellnomics Ltd.

3A range of scientific studies have validated Wellnomics Recorder (WorkPace) as an accurate tool for measuring computer use. 

4The VAS has a large body of evidence supporting its validity and reliability for measuring pain intensity. For a detailed description of the VAS see Turk, D.C and Melzack, R. (1992) Handbook of Pain Assessment, New York, Guilford Press.

5The Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire--a tool for the assessment and improvement of the psychosocial work environment, 2005, Scand J Work Environ Health. Dec; 31(6):438-49.