Having a workplace stretching program, or Stretch and Flex, not only helps your organization mitigate the short and long-term costs ofmusculoskeletal disorders(MSD’s), it also shows your employees you care about their health and well being.
Fit for Duty is often interchanged with pre-shift warm-ups (or "stretch and flex" programs) when discussing soft-tissue injury prevention programs. Both Fit for Duty and pre-shift warm-up programs have enormous value, if implemented properly, and both can be a great addition to any safety program.
We know your bottom line is important, but so are the people working for you. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) cost a staggering $20 billion in direct costs each year. Additional indirect costs bring that number to nearly $50 billion a year. I think you get the picture.
Pre-shift warm-ups, commonly referred to as “Stretch and Flex”, are becoming more and more widespread among industrial, manufacturing and construction sectors.
These programs began in an effort to better prepare employees for the physical aspects of their job and to decrease musculoskeletal injuries.