Workplace Risk Assessment and Ergonomic Review

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Workplace Ergonomic Assessment 

Workplace Ergonomic Assessment (WpEA) supports employees by analysing and reducing health risks related to the job role.

Workplace Risk Assessment include Data Analysis and Ergonomic Review provide an intensive analysis of workplace practices, driving improvement, change and collaboration.

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    A WpEA is an ergonomic assessment of ‘Applied Ergonomics’ or the design of a task.

    In these assessments, we are not individually assessing or examining an employee, but the role itself, which may involve several different tasks and be completed by multiple team members within the organisation. 


  • For the employer

    A WpEA is a way to identify and reduce the potential risks associated with working and can help ensure that organisations meet their statutory responsibilities for employee Health & Safety. We can identify and evaluate the risks of back problems, repetitive strain injuries, or upper limb injuries, which are the most common work-related MSK issues in the UK.

  • For the manager

    The WpEA provides guidance on suitable workplace adjustments, mitigating the risk of musculoskeletal injury and improving workplace practices. Our PAM MSK Ergonomic Specialists will be developing an understanding of workforce education by liaising with organisational managers, trainers and workforce members and reiterating and enforcing good work practices, assisting with staff wellbeing by promoting positive work habits and behaviours, reduced sickness absence and improved productivity.

  • For the employee

    The assessment can identify ways to improve the working environment to make it more comfortable and reduce the risk of developing or exacerbating musculoskeletal disorders whilst working, using the correct techniques and good work practices, and potentially access to ergonomic equipment and functional tools.

A WpEA is used to address the design of a task.

For example, a job role may involve the simple task of transferring liquid into a barrel in a factory and then moving that barrel to a warehouse.

The single task is comprised of several separate activities, each element poses a specific ergonomic challenge, and the task must be completed by multiple people of varying builds, abilities and physical competency.  

The WpEA will assess the role in full, broken down into separate tasks to identify any risk factors, what those risk factors relate to in terms of potential injury and how to overcome the risk of injury for the majority workforce.

We consider our WpEA’s to be pro-active workplace assessments of workforce analysis and best practices.

We adopt a methodical, step-by-step approach to completing them comprising three key elements:

The MSK team scrutinise absence data and any clinical data recorded as part of absence management to establish task performance risk areas and the types of risk presented, i.e., back, upper limb, lower limb. This data would drive the investigations into the duration and frequency of MSK injury or illness within the workforce. A review of the organisational HSE risk assessments provided by the employer would identify higher-risk roles which would allow us to collaborate with the operational business departments that have the highest levels of risk. 

Clinically delivered WpEA’s by an MSK expert or Ergonomist would finalise the investigation and includes prioritising the highest risk tasks, roles, and workforces to gather information related to body mapping, and specific workforce characteristics including age, health, activity levels, BMI etc.

Physio Solutions have access to a wide variety of data, including our own clinical management information data, which we can use to perform statistical analysis alongside the clients own organisational absence data. When performing clinical ergonomic or risk assessments, we have access to all approved and reliable ergonomic assessment tools, such as ART, MAC, QEC, RAPP REBA, RULA and these would be integrated practically and clinically, where appropriate.

The most valuable resource is our team of MSK experts and Physiotherapists who are trained in ergonomics and have the ability to accurately gather factual data, evaluate it and provide robust outcome measures of ergonomic risk, including a RAG score, and to identify any areas requiring immediate attention. Our solution lead team are then able to engage ‘out of the box' thinking to suggest recommendations to mitigate or eradicate risks.

We can attend your organisation’s location(s) and directly liaise with managers, Health and Safety, HR as well as other key stakeholders.  An onsite visit can provide our MSK team with additional insight into your business operations and is an opportunity for open and constructive dialogue. With this information, we can assess whether there are any feasible adjustments or modifications to working practices where support or literature may assist in improving and sustaining your employee’s physical health. Understanding your business environment, working practices and the tasks associated with each job function really helps us to make specific recommendations, particularly for employees currently suffering from MSD’s as well as mitigating future risk and potential absence.


Workplace Ergonomic Assessment FAQs

  • What is a workplace ergonomic assessment?

    A Workplace Ergonomic Assessment is an assessment of a particular task, without specifically addressing one single user, but rather considering the whole workforce.

  • What are the 3 major areas of Ergonomics?

    There are three broad domains of ergonomics, which are the physical, the organisational and the cognitive. All are interlinked and whist we deal with the physical, this has positive effects on the cognitive and the organisational.

  • Why ergonomic assessments are important in the workplace?

    By law, employers must minimise the risks of the ill health of their employees. But more importantly, employees that are comfortable at work will be more productive and more likely to stay at work and stay with the company that employs them.

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