Ergonomics in the Workplace
Our Ergonomic Assessments in the workplace protect employees from the risks of musculoskeletal disorders. Recognising that prevention and correcting potential problems at work is an organisational and managerial responsibility but also more cost-effective, efficient, and proactive than curing musculoskeletal discomfort or dysfunction.
An Ergonomic Assessment is commonly used for those who have a role which involves working in a stationary position for prolonged periods, including using a computer or vocational driving.
An Ergonomic Assessment addresses causes for concern from an ergonomic perspective, observing posture, positioning of the equipment, and surrounding devices such as multiple screens, handheld tools or protective equipment and the use of totes or trolleys and even larger pieces of equipment like forklift trucks.
An Ergonomic Assessment is commonly used for those who have a vocation which requires working in a stationary position for prolonged periods, such as performing computer work or prolonged driving.
An Ergonomic Assessment addresses causes for concern from an ergonomic perspective, observing posture, positioning the equipment, and surrounding devices.
These assessments can also be appropriately adapted for a variety of environments. This may include Visual Display Units (VDU) ergonomics DisplayScreen Equipment (DSE), Vehicle Assessments (VA) or functional ergonomics with specific observations of a workstation activity as part of an employee’s job role (WSA).
Physio Solutions MSK experts and ergonomic specialists conduct Workplace Ergonomic Assessments (WpEA) which address a working role either for individual employees or for numerous individuals in the role who will be completing the tasks or using the equipment. These assessments can be conducted via remote video-consulting or on-site, depending on the nature of the role and/or the issues observed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Ergonomic Assessments FAQs
What is an ergonomic assessment?
An ergonomic assessment looks at the details of workplace activity and comfort for employees. Ergonomics is the study of the efficiency of task performance and therefore ergonomics assessments examine how the individual task performer completes their tasks and devises improvements, changes or additional tools or supports that would aid risk reduction.
Why an ergonomic assessment is important in the workplace?
Ergonomic Assessments are important as they can identify potential design flaws of a job or environment design before they become a problem and solutions can be designed and implemented before a person becomes injured or develops an MSD. If an individual has an issue, an ergonomic assessment may identify the cause of the issue and be able to advise of methods to rectify it and prevent a recurrence.
What are the most common risk factors?
The most common risk factors in ergonomics are repetition, posture, load and pace.