Ergonomic Services

Recognising that prevention and correcting the potential root of the problem in the workplace is a responsibility but also more cost-effective, efficient and pro-active than curing musculoskeletal discomfort or dysfunction.

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Ergonomic Assessments

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.

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    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.


  • For the employer

    Employers have a duty of care to protect workers from the risks of musculoskeletal disorders being caused or made worse by work (*Health and Safety Executive May 2020). Sickness absence cost UK businesses an average of £522 per case – with MSK problems being a prime contributor to this alongside stress and other mental health issues. (Business in the Community, 2019). Ergonomic Assessments provide specific information and guidance about the risks associated with a role or job function to protect employees at work

  • For the manager

    Being proactive when addressing ergonomic issues reduces MSK absence as injuries & MSK illness are reduced. Being comfortable at work can increase productivity because employees who are ergonomically safe and comfortable at work, and are following the correct HSE guidance in terms of movement, rest breaks and self-managed comfort are able to work without concerns for their health and wellbeing due to the reduced risk.

  • For the employee

    Ergonomics is essential in identifying and achieving employee comfort in any activity and this includes at work. Our experts can provide the education, knowledge, and good practice skills to encourage employee self-empowerment which can reduce MSK related absence.

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.

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Workstation Assessment (WSA)

Helping employers, managers and others understand ergonomics in the workplace providing simple, effective advice about h…
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Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessment

Helping you to comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.

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.

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