An ergonomic assessment is an assessment of how a person interacts with the environment around them. Primarily, this is an assessment of a client’s desk or workstation. An ergonomic assessment is completed by one of our occupational therapists or physiotherapists, who are specialists in ergonomic principles and the implementation of ergonomic standards. An ergonomic assessment is completed at the employee’s workplace.
The primary goal of an ergonomic assessment is to identify any risk of injury, or to rectify issues causing prolonged or chronic musculoskeletal difficulties. Where possible, Advantage Injury Management Services occupational therapists or physiotherapists will correct issues at the time of the assessment.
What does an ergonomic assessment involve?
Advantage Injury Management Services will send an occupational therapist or physiotherapist to your workplace to complete a meeting with the injured worker and employer. The meeting is usually completed within 60 minutes, and will include:
- An interview with the employee regarding their injury or reported concerns.
- Our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will also conduct an assessment to ascertain their physical abilities and limitations.
- We will provide a written report summarizing the current ergonomic set up, and any recommendations for modification, equipment or postural changes.
- If required, our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will also develop a suitable duties plan to accommodate injuries and restrictions. This plan will aim to facilitate a return to normal work tasks, endurances and time frames.
We will consider the following on completing an ergonomic assessment:
- Chair or seating
- Desk or workstation
- Monitor or laptop positioning
- Leg space and footrest requirements
- Document use
The following behavioural issues will also be assessed during an ergonomic assessment:
- Speed of task completion
- Rest breaks
- Task rotation
When to use an ergonomic assessment?
- Complaints of neck or back pain with prolonged sitting, desk duties or driving.
- Complaints of eye strain.
- Reported concerns regarding shoulder, arm or wrist discomfort with keyboard, mouse or control use.
- Reports of uncomfortable seating.
- Difficulties returning to normal duties at work following injury or illness.
What are the benefits of an ergonomic assessment?
- Identify ergonomic risks in the work place, and prevent resultant injury and illness.
- Identify workers at risk of injury.
- Prevent fatigue and inefficiencies caused by poor posture and work practices.
- Educate employees 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.
- Promote self-management of symptoms and workstation setup.