Ergonomics


ERGONOMICS

A definition of Ergonomics may be described as simply changing the work environment to suit the operator Ergonomic assessments, also referred to as workstation assessments, ensure that a worker’s workstation is ergonomically designed to minimise the risk of injury and maximise productivity.

In order to assess the “ergonomics” of a particular work station, it is necessary to evaluate a number of environmental and physical factors including noise, vibration, radiation and heat.

We are experienced in the assessment of computer operators and their work environment. A detailed report is provided that highlights areas that need to be changed and provide specific stretches and exercises. Ergonomic training can be provided for large office groups.

Ergonomic assessments are also conducted:

  1. to support the return to work of an injured worker by ensuring that their workstation is designed to minimise any discomfort as they recover from their injury and prevent any aggravation of the injury.
  2. to prevent work related pain and discomfort from developing into a clinical condition
  3. for workers who work from home, to ensure their home work environment is safe and ergonomically designed.

The assessment is conducted by a health care professional with training in ergonomics.

A report will be provided including information on:

  1. Current postural faults
  2. Anthropometric factors – Height, Weight, Reach, Leg length in relation to seat pan
  3. Environmental factors – Noise, Heat, Cold, Vibration, Radiation, Light (reflection, glare)
  4. The relationship of the operator to their desk, orientation, size, amount of operator room, height, reach envelope
  5. Physical and muscular work demands
  6. Equipment and workplace design
  7. Keyboard use
  8. Pause-stretch exercises.
  9. Compliance of current workstation setup to the following codes:
    • Standards Australia; AS 3590.1 Screen Based Workstations – Furniture (1990)
    • Standards Australia; AS 4442 – Office Desks (1997)
    • Standards Australia SAA HB59-1994 Ergonomics -The Human Factor, a practical approach to worksystems design
    • Worksafe Victoria: Officewise – A guide to health and Safety in the Office (2001)
    • NOSHC 3005 (1996) Guidance note for the prevention of occupational overuse syndrome in keyboard employment

The aim of an ergonomic assessment is to redesign the work environment to minimize the musculoskeletal stress on the operator.