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What is the REBA?

The Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) is another example of an industry standard tool that can be used to assess a worker’s individual exposure to ergonomic risk factors in the context of his or her job demands and essential functions. It focuses on posture and force/load for the neck, trunk, and lower extremity, as well as coupling considerations and repetition for the upper extremity in a specific position. The total score can be used to inform decisions regarding the need for further investigation and implementation of ergonomic modifications to reduce employee risk factors for musculoskeletal discomfort. Like the RULA, it is important to recognize that the REBA captures a moment in time of an individual worker’s position. This is a key consideration when making ergonomic recommendations and modifications that can impact multiple workers. The REBA should be performed separately for the right and left sides of the body to identify the true risk for a given position.

The REBA specifically assesses neck, trunk, and wrist position, wrist twist, lower extremity support, static and repeated muscle use, and force/load. Each of the categories are scored individually. These scores are then combined to determine overall posture and total scores. Like the RULA, a lower total score suggests decreased ergonomic risk. See table below for scoring.

1  Negligible risk
2 or 3  Low risk, change may be needed
4 to 7  Medium risk, further investigation, change soon
8 to 10 High risk, investigate and implement change
11+ Very high risk, implement change

Our onsite providers at iWorks Health use the REBA as a rapid ergonomic screening tool in the context of injury prevention sessions and during in-depth ergonomic consultations. Our Occupational Therapists are Certified Industrial Ergonomic Evaluators and use a variety of industry standard tools to make recommendations for improved workstation set-up, ideal loads for lifting and lowering, solutions to decrease reach distances and repetition, and options for job rotation and automation to decrease employee injury risk. Our goal is to help both employees and employers by providing innovative ways to reduce ergonomic risk factors, musculoskeletal discomfort, work injuries, and recordables.

Does your company struggle with a higher number of recordables or work injuries in a specific work area or on a particular manufacturing line? Are you trying to increase productivity to meet the demands of a customer? Are you looking for ways to implement job rotation or enlargement?

At iWorks Health we have the experience and expertise to provide solutions for these types of ergonomic challenges.

Interested in hearing more? Check out our Industrial Ergonomics tab or connect with us at info@iworkshealth.com.