Ergonomic workplace assessments are assessments of a person’s working environment. The aim of these assessments is to reduce the risk of injury and harm coming to employees.
What is an Ergonomic Assessment?
An ergonomic assessment is an assessment of a person’s working environment, ensuring it is fit for use. Ergonomic assessments are done by qualified professionals. Physiotherapists are ideal professionals to conduct an ergonomic assessment, as they have the knowledge of the bio-mechanical functions of the body and the effect different stresses can have on it.
Ergonomic assessments are aimed at reducing the risk of injury within the workplace as elimination can be impossible. All workplaces will benefit from an ergonomic workplace assessment and there are many benefits to having it done by a physiotherapist.
Some of the main benefits are:
- Reduction in sick leave
- Staff morale will improve as the correct appropriate equipment has been provided for the job
- Staff will suffer less musculoskeletal injuries
- Work efficiency can improve with the correct tools for the job
- Cost effective – less sick pay and temporary staff cover needed
These are just a few of the benefits! If the recommendations of the ergonomic assessment are taken, the company could also benefit financially in the long term.
Workplace ‘sweeps’ can be undertaken to complete short 15 minute assessments of workstations within your business and recommend changes required to reduce risk. More detailed 1:1 assessments can be undertaken. Please get in touch to discuss the needs of your business!