Ergonomic Assessment Tools. Applying a scientific, evidence-based approach to your ergonomics process is important. The goal is to identify ergonomic risk factors, quantify then, and then make measurable improvements to the workplace, ensuring that jobs and tasks are within workers’ capabilities and limitations.
What is it? Whats the process?
Think Detection. Listen to your body—early detection and prompt treatment is the best way to correct possible damage. The subtle aches and pains we experience may be our bodies’ way of telling us that something needs attention.
Think Prevention. Many injuries are preventable. Performing repetitive tasks in unnatural positions can put strain on our muscles, joints, and tendons, but practicing good work habits and applying ergonomics at work can go a long way in offsetting injuries.
Think Activity. Strengthening our bodies through proper diet and regular exercise can help them handle the work we put them through. Also, try the exercises in the booklet to give your muscles and bones a break.
An Ergonomic Assessment – assess a position or work station and to identify possible improvements to minimize the risk of injury. Recommendations may include; ergonomic accessories, work station set-up, safe work practices, job design or education on correct body mechanics.
Our process entails:
In reviewing your yearly safety statistics, have you seen a fairly regular incidence of repetitive strain and lifting injuries? If so, its time to take a step back and think about the root cause of the injuries and ask, could they have been prevented?
Workplace ergonomic assessments and a physical demands analysis can determine the cause of the incidents through the examination of work activities that take into consideration body posture, weight lifted, repetition, duration and environmental conditions.
Through scientific testing methods, our therapists can evaluate many factors and create safe work practices and job procedures, in order to minimize or prevent future occurrences of similar incidents.
Not only does this improve the productivity and safety of the workplace, it also reduces WCB premiums by showing your commitment to ongoing improvement, which is vital for COR and OH&S compliance.