Occupational Strains Liaison Officers (OSLO) are trained volunteers working within Colleges and Divisions. They assess workstation set-ups for staff and HDR students and provide general advice on ergonomics issues when requested. OSLOs can assist with:
- Personal Computer (PC) workstation configuration
- mouse and keyboard options
- chair, footrest and desk adjustments
- use of laptops for work
OSLOs encourage the early reporting of injuries on the HR Injury Notification system (HORUS) so work-related injuries and aggravations are assessed and treated quickly. OSLOs can assist staff and HDR students who have a minor injury or illness by assessing their workstation and seeking additional advice from the injury prevention team.
Where a staff member has a work-related injury, this must be communicated to the supervisor and an incident notification submitted. From this point, a health professional will assess the injury and provide advice and may also ask the OSLO to conduct a workstation assessment for the staff member.
OSLOs do not advise on treatment for injuries, early intervention programs or worker's compensation nor do they provide general postural advice.