With changes in machinery operation and technological advancements, work tasks that involve sustained sitting are on the rise, and as such ergonomic assessment and training has never been more important. Research indicates that approximately 80% of jobs are now considered sedentary or requiring only light physical exertion. This does not just include office workers, but also many roles within the transport industry, machinery operation and even manufacturing.
It is commonly understood that sustained sitting can lead to a multitude of health problems, including back and neck pain. Training your staff to understand the ergonomics of their work role, and the safe postures required to perform their role will allow your organization to minimize and prevent injuries occurring.
Advantage Injury Management Services ergonomic assessment and training is provided by qualified and experienced occupational therapists and/or physiotherapists. The training is usually 1 to 1.5 hours in duration, however this may vary depending on the size of the group and requirements of the training. Advantage Injury Management Services will never provide a ‘one size fits all training’, with all ergonomic training tailored specifically to your industry, work processes and with consideration to any past injuries.
Advantage Injury Management Services has extensive experience providing ergonomic training in a wide range of industries including: office work, government, driving, aged care and manufacturing.
What is ergonomics?
Simply put, ergonomics is how a person interacts with the environment around them. We commonly associate ergonomics with sitting at a desk or workstation design. However ergonomic principles can be applied to all physical work tasks. For example, mobile plant machinery operators need to pay attention to the ergonomics associated with lever operation and sitting postures.
Why provide ergonomic assessment and training?
Advantage Injury Management Services recommends ergonomic assessment and training to educate your staff regarding safe ergonomics, and to consequently minimize the risk of injuries in the workplace. Providing regular ergonomic training to your staff will also:
- Prevent fatigue caused by poor posture and work practices.
- Educate them regarding rest breaks and energy conservation strategies to minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and other health problems.
- Provide confidence regarding work procedures and ergonomic principles.
- Improve work skills and efficiency.
- Help identify ergonomic risks in the work place.
- Help identify workers at risk of injury.
What does Advantage Injury Management Services ergonomic training involve?
We believe that ergonomic training needs to be practical and hands-on, for workers to gain any benefit from the training. In our experience, ergonomic training that is only explained verbally or given as a document to read will not achieve any injury risk reduction, or see staff implement safe ergonomic principles in the workplace.
Therefore, we recommend:
- Ergonomic training be completed at your workplace, in standard working conditions, and using your equipment and processes.
- We ensure all staff participate in demonstration of ergonomics, and we assess each staff member as they check their own work station and/or environment. We will report back to you any staff who are unable to adopt ergonomic principles or those who require further training.
- We encourage problem solving of complex environments or conditions during the training session. In our experience staff are more likely to implement ergonomic principles when they take ownership over the problem and solution.
When to use ergonomic training?
- We recommend including ergonomic training in all inductions.
- Ergonomic training should be reviewed every 6 to 12 months.
- On implementation of new work procedures or new equipment.