Optimizing function of an individual by adapting the environment in which the person must interact is fundamental to every occupational therapy practitioner. The skills and knowledge of occupational therapy practitioners in anatomy, physiology and activity analysis make them highly qualified to work in the area of ergonomics, often within an interdisciplinary team. Occupational therapy practitioners who specialize in ergonomics may be involved with any of the following:
- Conducting assessments and developing interventions for individual workers, or providing health promotion and injury prevention education programs.
- Designing and modifying workplace tools, equipment and behaviors to prevent injury.
- Recommending specialized adaptive equipment and positioning tools for optimal safety and body mechanics to prevent injury.