Ergonomics is the science of designing and refining processes, systems of work and/or workstations to optimize the completion of tasks requiring human intervention in the most effective and safe manner.
Every individual has a unique footprint with differing heights, weights, visual acuity, limb lengths, concentration spans, etc therefore it is imperative that each workstation is individualised. Ergonomic Assessments are conducted to eliminate or mitigate the risk of a workplace injury.
An Ergonomic Assessment assesses the following:
- Working Postures;
- Duration of tasks being performed;
- Lifting & carrying weights;
- Repetitive activities;
- Noise exposure;
- Temperature exposure;
- Workstation heights, widths and depths;
- Grip strength;
- Concentration requirements.
Did you know that:
- On average, 95% of an office workers’ day is spent sitting in front of a computer;
- Musculoskeletal injuries resulting from poor workplace ergonomics account for 34% of all lost workday injuries and illnesses;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome accounts for 15% of all workplace injuries;
- 42% of carpal tunnel cases result in more than 30 days away from work;
- Office ergonomics done right can increase productivity on average by 11%.
SOURCE: US DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR OSHA REPORT.