Ergonomic assessments involve an understanding of human mechanics. It sees a worker’s computer workstation setup to fit their body shape and work behaviours as opposed to fitting the worker to provided equipment and workstation layout.
Computer workstations are typically customised and setup by workers themselves. This has the potential to cause a great deal of harm if not designed properly. An ergonomic assessment will ensure that a worker’s computer is correctly setup, reducing the potential of the worker suffering musculoskeletal discomfort or incurring a potential worker’s compensation injury. In addition to preventing discomfort or injury, when an ergonomic assessment has been completed effectively, it has been shown to improve productivity. Employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace. Acknowledging that workplace ergonomics is a key workplace hazard that may be controlled following workers understanding what good workstation setup looks like, or by workers participating in an ergonomic assessment; will assist a workplace manage this OHS risk. It would be expected that the following workers would participate in an ergonomic assessment:
- New starters
- Workers who have either a work or non-work related injury
- Workers who have a medical condition (including pregnancy) that may be impacted by their work at a computer workstation
- Workers working from home. If working from home is agreed by the employer, this becomes the workers place of work. It is important to ensure the home work environment; in line with the office work environment, is safe and ergonomically designed
An ergonomic assessment should be completed by all workers regularly to ensure that their computer workstation is designed to reduce the opportunity for discomfort and injury when working at a computer workstation. Employers are encouraged to follow the link to the ergonomic assessment tool and introduce these into their workplace to assist workers to individually assess their workstation setup to better understand what good workstation setup looks like:
If you would like further information regarding how Action OHS Consulting can assist you with the Ergonomic Assessment program at your workplace, please do not hesitate to contact us. For more information regarding an Ergonomic Assessment, please see below.
Benefits of introducing an Ergonomic Assessment program
Businesses which proactively manage the ergonomic risks associated with workers using computer workstations should see the following benefits:
- Reduced likelihood of workplace injuries, WorkCover claims and absenteeism. Reduction in Workers Compensation Premium and paid sick leave
- Increased morale, productivity and maximize performance. Increased in workplace productivity
Action OHS Consulting has tertiary-qualified professionals in physiotherapy, exercise physiology or occupational therapy who conduct each ergonomic assessment. Therefore your business can be confident that as well as workers having their workstation setup correctly, their workers are also provided with an understanding of the key principles of computer workstation setup.
Our Ergonomic Assessment Services
For every ergonomic assessment completed, workers are advised by the Action OHS Consulting consultant on what the key setup principles are to ensure that they are able to manage their workstation posture. Our key ergonomic assessment services include:
- Short Ergonomic Assessment / Check-Ups (ideal for the review of groups)
- Full Ergonomic Assessment
- “What good looks like”: Ergonomic Assessment Training Sessions
- Development of organisational specific online Ergonomic Assessment training for workers
- Web-based Online Training Module. Follow the link to our demo site (aimed at monitor set-up) to review:
- Username: ErgoDemoActionOHS
- Password: Demo
For each ergonomic assessment completed, a report is developed and provided to you for your records.
Our Ergonomic Products
Please visit our online shop to view our product range in computer furniture and office equipment. Our chair range includes the highest level of certification with with AFRDI Level 6; along with certification with GECA which recognises products that meet standards of environmental, quality and social performance. Along with finding a chair that will support nearly all body shapes and szies along with a chair to meet all of your workplace purposes (i.e. chairs for your workstations, meeting and/or boardrooms); we hold a range of footrests, monitor raisers, laptop stands, document stands, headsets and wrist and back supports to ensure that your ergonomic needs can be met.
What does an Ergonomic Assessment Involve?
The ergonomic assessment involves reviewing the worker’s computer workstation. The time required to complete the ergonomic assessment review will vary on the specific needs of the workplace. An ergonomic assessment needs to be specific to each worker’s environment which may vary for office and home based set up, or for fixed computer or laptop use. Typically an Action OHS Consultant will generally take between 5 to 20 minutes to complete a short ergonomic assessment (depending on your needs), and up to 60 minutes to complete a full ergonomic assessment. Typically an ergonomic assessment will review the use of the following computer workstation equipment:
- Office Chair
- Desk and Footrest
- Keyboard and mouse
- Document interaction
- Desk layout
When completing the ergonomic assessment, the Action OHS Consultant will talk through the key workstation setup parameters and suggest a number of simple changes that can be made in order to improve the health and comfort of the worker. A report will be generated and provided to the client following the ergonomic assessment.