Ergonomic Assessments

Ergonomics is all about matching the task, and the equipment needed for the user, with the worker. It assesses the working environment, which could be in an office, or at home. Looking at how to align each element of the working environment to the capabilities of the employee. Optimising this space for performance and to maximise comfort.

Our team of nurses and technicians are qualified, professional and specifically trained in Ergonomics.


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    At Acorn Occupational Health, our ergonomic assessments enhance workplace comfort and safety, Ensuring that employees are safe, healthy and able to be productive while at work. Ergonomics revolves around adapting the surroundings to accommodate the individual, not the other way around.


    By keeping to sound ergonomic principles, a multitude of benefits can be reaped:


    1. Improved Efficiency and Productivity: When workspaces are designed with ergonomics in mind, employees can perform tasks more efficiently and stay productive for longer periods of time.

    2. Accident Prevention: Ergonomic assessments help identify potential hazards in the workplace and mitigate them. Therefore reducing the risk of accidents.

    3. Enhanced Employee Satisfaction: A well-designed ergonomic workspace contributes to employee satisfaction, leading to a happier and more motivated workforce.

    4. Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Ergonomics plays a vital role in reducing the chance of musculoskeletal disorders and other injuries associated with repetitive tasks, heavy lifting and poor ergonomic setups.


    Ergonomics considers  various aspects of the human-workplace interaction:


    • Task Nature: Analysing the demands of tasks on individuals to ensure they are manageable and do not pose health risks.
    • Equipment Suitability: Evaluating the appropriateness of equipment for specific tasks, ensuring that it aligns with the needs of the job.
    • Physical Demands: Considering the size, shape, and weight of objects handled by employees and matching them with the capabilities of the workers.
    • Information Handling: Examining how information is presented, accessed, and manipulated to streamline work processes.
    • Environmental Factors: Assessing elements such as lighting, noise levels, humidity, and temperature in the workspace to create an environment that supports well-being and focus.

    Workstation Ergonomic Assessment

    Acorn Occupational Health is committed to safeguarding your company from the potential impacts of musculoskeletal problems. Our services encompass expert guidance on posture and ergonomics, along with a comprehensive assessment of your workspace to ensure full compliance with the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) regulations of 2002.

    On-site Ergonomic Assessment

    Ergonomics, also known as Human Factors, delves into the complex relationship between individuals, machinery, and their environment. Its primary goal is to enhance performance, well-being, safety, and overall health.

    An on-site ergonomic assessment offers a proactive strategy to mitigate the risks associated with errors, injuries, and health concerns. Furthermore, it offers the added advantage of boosting efficiency, performance, productivity, and ultimately, profitability.

    Individual Workstation Assessments

    Our individual workstation assessments are completed in just 30 minutes. They offer the following key components:

    1. Thorough Ergonomic Assessment: We meticulously evaluate both the workstation and the immediate work environment. This helps us to identify and address ergonomic concerns, prioritising employee comfort and health.

    2. HSE-Certified Workstation Review: Our assessments adhere to the high standards set by the Health and Safety Executive, guaranteeing compliance with all relevant regulations.

    3. Posture Guidance: Our experts provide valuable advice on posture, helping employees maintain ergonomic positions to reduce strain and discomfort.

    4. Comprehensive Management Report and Recommendations: You will receive a detailed report outlining our findings. Along with practical recommendations to optimise your workspace for employee well-being and productivity.

    5. Vision Screening: We offer vision screening to ensure that employees’ visual health is not negatively affected by their workstation setup.

    6. Guidance on Safe Computer Use: Our experts offer advice on safe computer usage practices, including the importance of regular breaks to prevent discomfort and strain.

    Individual Ergonomic Assessment

    Individual ergonomic assessments provide a detailed examination of a specific worker’s needs with a focus on enhancing their health, comfort, and efficiency within the workplace. This approach is particularly beneficial when an individual has a diagnosed medical condition or is experiencing ongoing symptoms.

    Such assessments allow the implementation of reasonable adjustments mandated under the disability provisions of the Equality Act 2010, which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). With the transition from the Med3 ‘sick note’ to the ‘fit note’ in April 2010, this assessment type plays a pivotal role in aiding an individual’s return to work after a period of illness.

    An ergonomic assessment can include:


    • Body Mechanics: Analysing how individuals move and function within their workspaces.
    • Risk Assessment: Identifying potential hazards and risks to health and safety.
    • User-Centered Workspace Design: Creating work environments that cater to the specific needs and preferences of employees.
    • Anthropometrics: Utilising measurements of the human body to optimise workstations.
    • Posture: Evaluating and promoting proper ergonomic posture to prevent discomfort.
    • Physical and Psychological Demands: Assessing the physical and mental aspects of job tasks.
    • Design: Ensuring that equipment and tools align with ergonomic principles.
    • Environmental Factors: Examining conditions such as heat, lighting, and noise to create an ideal workspace.
    • Systems Design: Evaluating overall workflow and processes for efficiency and comfort.

    The above types of ergonomic assessments are suitable for small or large work areas.

    Prioritising employee well-being and productivity is at the core of good ergonomic practices. An ergonomic assessment focuses on creating a harmonious match between tasks, equipment, and workers, ensuring safety and optimizing performance. Whether it’s an office setting or a remote workspace, the goal is to tailor the working environment to best suit the capabilities of the employees, promoting both efficiency and comfort.

    Contact us

    To talk to a member of the Acorn Occupational Health team about our Ergonomic Assessments, please call us at 01260 277797, visit our FAQs page, or email us at