The Complete Duffy-Rath System©



This is the ‘gold standard’ of service with the DRS fully integrated into the company’s health, safety and medical programs; the ultimate goal is to build in-house expertise and progressively reduce the need for our onsite services. The program has multiple phases and components:


A. Research/preparation phase – DRS collects relevant information to customize the prevention program to the targeted department(s) and job tasks within the company and to establish baseline status to measure progress as the programs are implemented.


B. Orientation phase – DRS provides orientation training to the management, supervisors and workers in the targeted departments.


Management orientation – DRS trains relevant and interested management and supervisors (i.e. ESH, medical, ergonomic, target departments etc.) in application of core prevention principles and procedures, and methods to maximize the benefits and results of the program. This initiates the creation of a group of leaders for MSD prevention.

Worker orientation phase – DRS then orients the workers in the targeted departments to the program. This includes identification of the DRS Blueprint for Musculoskeletal Wellness, the core elements of MSD prevention, and basic skills to build protective work habits and effectively utilize micro-pause Tools To Fight Back®. The same or similar orientation is provided to new employees and existing employees who transfer into the targeted departments.


C. Implementation phase – after the orientations are completed, DRS routinely patrols the targeted departments (called; “Injury Prevention Patrols”) to reinforce the use of protective work habits, strategic micro-pauses, Tools To Fight Back®, the ‘opposite movement rule’ and to promote the development of an MSD prevention culture. There is continuous surveillance for high risk postures, work tasks and activities. This leads to the development of focused (task and risk specific) workshops, ergonomic assessment and various communication tools implemented to mitigate risks. DRS can develop a customized ‘stretch break’ (i.e. the Movement Maintenance Program) and ‘strategic strength and conditioning’ programs for target departments, along with other proactive group prevention activities. This can also include ongoing programs to mitigate risks that require slow, cumulative building of knowledge, physical skills and abilities. An example is our BackAbilityTM program that addresses employees who are not participating in exercise programs and/or avoiding normal activities because of a fear of re-injury (kinesiophobia) – this program has been effective at guiding this group of people back to exercise and activity since its development in the mid-1980s. This and other programs can be purchased and downloaded through a request using the contact page on this website as demand for these focused activities develop.


D. Measurement and analysis phase – DRS continuously tracks the response of the workers in the targeted departments. An objective report is routinely provided to management and additional reports can be added upon request. Detailed trend analysis is performed that includes consideration to all relevant, evidence-based factors associated with MSD risks for injury and disability in the targeted departments.


E. Additional Services – Other DRS services include: 1) objective measurement of the physical demands of targeted jobs, called a “functional demand evaluation or FDE; 2) developing and validating a post-offer physical abilities test, called a “job-matching evaluation” or JME to determine if an individual has the physical ability to meet the physical demands of the essential functions of a job safely and acceptably; and 3) in-depth training to build in-house expertise including ergonomic assessment, MSD risk assessment, the prevention of specific MSD targets, etc. This training can be provided in-house or some can be web-based.

Cost: The cost for these services is billed at an hourly or project rate plus expenses.