What is an Ergonomic Assessment?
An assessment which is completed, on-site or virtually, to improve the fit between the worker and the workplace in order to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. These are chronic injuries to your muscular and skeletal system due to unsafe body mechanics and positioning or repetitive motions.
How does it work?
A majority of the time, ergonomic assessments are needed for three main reasons:
Prevent an injury before possible improper positioning could become problematic
Reduce the progression of current aches, pains and postural issues
Modify the workplace for someone who is recovering from an injury
No matter what the reason may be, the goal is to help improve the fit between you and your workplace. Ergonomic assessments can be completed on-site or virtually. Each assessment includes:
- Collection of workplace related data and equipment with the given employee.
- Observation of current employee positioning within one (or more) workspace(s).
- Identification of risk factors to prevent an injury.
- Recommendations provided for modifications to the workstation or needed equipment.
- Education to assist with reducing risk factors.
- Typed report which includes information related to the ergonomic assessment, such as risk factors, recommendations, modifications and consideration of equipment if applicable.