Work Health Professionals conduct onsite Ergonomic Assessments in Perth.
Ergonomic assessments serve to protect employees from sprain and strain injuries. These remain one of the most common causes of Workers Compensation claims.
What is ergonomics?
The term ergonomics, comes from the Greek words Έργον, meaning “work”, and Νόμος, meaning “natural laws”. Ergonomics is concerned with the “fit” between the user, the equipment and their environment. The ergonomic principles of posture and movement play a central role in the provision of a safe, healthy and comfortable work environment.
Posture and movement at work is dictated by a few different factors:
- the task/s an individual is required to perform
- the type of workplace
- the body’s muscles, ligaments and joints that are involved in adopting a posture, carrying out a movement and applying a force.
Poor posture and movement can contribute to local mechanical stress on the muscles, ligaments and joints, resulting in complaints of the neck, back, shoulder, wrist and other parts of the musculo-skeletal system.
Types of ergonomic assessments
One of our Ergonomists can assess the ergonomic layout of your manual labour areas to minimise the incidence of sprain and strain, and back injuries.
This assessment is most effective when combined with manual handling training. Manual handling training is best conducted by one of our Ergonomists or Exercise Physiologists.
Sprain and strain injuries at computer workstations, and around the office generally, are the most common cause of lost productivity time.
An ergonomic assessment and report will provide you with the ability to maximise the safety of your workers in their individual work-space.
Work Health Professionals provides quick and effective ergonomic assessments with cost effective solutions to multiple ergonomic workstation assessment requirements.
What is involved with ergonomic assessments?
The aim of ergonomic assessments is to provide possibilities for optimising tasks or activities performed in the workplace, and for protecting employees from injury.
During an ergonomic assessment, the Ergonomist will review:
- the job or task being performed and the demands on the individual
- the equipment used – its size, shape, and how appropriate it is for the task, and
- the information used – how it is presented, accessed, and changed.