Ergonomic Assessments

Good ergonomic practices ensure that employees are safe, healthy, and able to be productive whilst working.

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.

It is about changing the environment around the worker and making this adapt to the person, rather than the other way around.

Sound ergonomic principles can help to:

  • Improve efficiency and productivity
  • Prevent accidents
  • Achieve a more satisfied, productive workforce
  • Prevent musculoskeletal disorders and other injuries

Ergonomics considers many aspects of the human workplace interaction, for example:

  • The nature of tasks carried out and the demands they make on people
  • The equipment used and whether it is appropriate for the task
  • The shapes, sizes, and weights of things lifted, carried, or moved and the capabilities of the people undertaking the tasks
  • How information is presented, accessed, and manipulated
  • The physical environment includes lighting, noise, humidity, and temperature.

 

Acorn OH have nurses and technicians who are specifically trained in Ergonomics to help you

Workstation Ergonomic Assessment

Acorn Occupational Health can reduce your company’s exposure to the effects of musculoskeletal issues. This may include giving advice on posture, and ergonomics and assessing the work area for hazards in compliance with the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) regulations (2002).

Individual workstation assessments take approximately 30 minutes and include:

  • Ergonomic assessment of the workstation and work area
  • HSE approved workstation assessment
  • Posture advice
  • Management report and recommendations
  • Vision screening
  • Advice on the safe use of computers e.g. breaks etc

On-site Ergonomic Assessment

Ergonomics (Human Factors) studies the ‘fit’ between people, machines, and their environment in order to improve performance, well-being, safety, and health.

An ergonomic assessment offers a proactive approach to reducing the risk of error, injury, or health issues with the added advantage of improving efficiency, performance, productivity, and profit.

Individual Ergonomic Assessment

Individual ergonomic assessments address in detail an individual worker’s requirements to improve health, comfort, and productivity in the workplace, when a medical condition has been diagnosed or where ongoing symptoms are experienced.

This type of assessment allows the implementation of reasonable adjustments which are required under the disability provision of the Equality Act 2010 (This legislation replaced the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)).

Now that the Med3 ‘sick note’ is a ‘fit note’ (since April 2010) this type of assessment can assist in the process of returning an individual back to work after a period of illness.

An ergonomic assessment may include:

  • Body mechanics
  • Risk assessment
  • User-centered workspace design
  • Anthropometrics (measurements of the human body)
  • Posture
  • Physical demands
  • Psychological demands
  • Design
  • Environmental factors such as heat, lighting, and noise
  • Systems design

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

Contact us

To talk to a member of the Acorn Occupational Health team about our Ergonomic Assessments, please call us on 01260 277797 or email us at website@acornoh.co.uk

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