Science never appears so beautiful as when applied to the uses of human life. (Thomas Jefferson)
Ergonomic assessments are aimed at reducing the risk of injury within the workplace as explanation can be impossible. All workplaces will benefit from an ergonomic workplace assessment. There are many benefits to having an ergonomic assessment done by a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are ideal professionals to conduct an ¬ergonomic assessment , as they have the knowledge of the biomechanical functions of the body and the effect different stresses can have on it. Some of the main benefits are:
Reduction in sick leave
Correct appropriate equipment has been provided for the job.
Less Musculoskeletal Injuries
Work efficiency can improve with the correct tools for the job
Cost effective – less sick pay and temporary staff cover needed
Ergonomic program or corporate wellness program is a specialised program which mainly concentrates on prevention of Musculoskeletal disorders, maintenance and curative program at your doorstep and clinic consultation to support healthy behavior towards your work, better health outcomes and to reduce the risk factors.
Ergonomic assessments consist of :
1. Subjective Assessment
This part of the assessment is conducted in private, away from the workstation and other employees. The physiotherapist will gather information about normal work tasks, the workstation and any problems to date.
2. Objective Assessment
This part of the assessment is conducted at the individual's workstation. The physiotherapist observes the individual interacting with their workstation, performing tasks and using equipment. The physiotherapist will then discuss potential methods or equipment to reduce the risk to the individual.
3. Ergonomic Assessment Report
A report is written following the assessment. This report includes the assessment findings, problems raised, actions required and methods in which to reduce risk. If equipment is recommended suppliers will also be included.