An ergonomic audit is a brief assessment of each office worker/workstation in your organisation. The purpose of an ergonomic audit is to ensure that staff are using their workstations and equipment correctly. It will ensure that employees are aware of safe working postures, and flag issues that will require further attention or require a comprehensive ergonomic assessment.
It is recommended that an ergonomic audit be conducted every 12 months to ensure that the health and well being of your employee’s is maintained.
What does an ergonomic audit involve?
Our aim is to complete an ergonomic audit in an efficient, non-obtrusive manner in order to minimize interruptions to daily productivity of your company and employees. Therefore, an ergonomic audit is completed by one of our occupational therapists or physiotherapists who specialize in ergonomics and injury management. The ergonomic audit usually takes 15 minutes per person, and involves an assessment and recommendations regarding the following:
- Brief individual history of any injuries or concerns
- Chair or seating
- Desk or workstation
- Monitor or laptop positioning
- Keyboard/Mouse positioning
- Leg space and footrest requirements
- Document use
Our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will also consider the following individual and behavioural issues:
- Speed of task completion
- Rest breaks
- Task rotation
Information gathered during the ergonomic audit will be provided in a simple one page summary report. Where possible, we will make change to equipment with the employee at the time of the ergonomic audit, however if required, recommendations for change and risk management will be documented for employer follow-up.
What are the benefits of an ergonomic audit?
There are a wide range of benefits in having Advantage Injury Management Services complete an ergonomic audit for your staff, including:
- The health and well-being of your employee’s is regularly checked and maintained, leading to greater productivity and efficiencies in the workplace.
- Save time and money by completing ergonomic audits to identify areas of further attention. Don’t waste resources completing a comprehensive ergonomic assessment of all employee’s.
- Minimise injury risk associated with sedentary work roles, such as neck and back pain, and repetitive strain injuries.
- Reducing the incidence of workplace injuries and associated compensation claims and costs.
- Obtain cost-effective solutions which optimize current ergonomic interventions and to ensure maximum benefit is received by both the employer and employee.
- Advantage Injury Management Services can assist in providing and supplying appropriate equipment if required.