What is an Ergonomic Assessment?
An assessment which is completed, on-site or virtually, to improve the fit between the worker and the workplace to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (chronic injuries to your muscular and skeletal system due to unsafe body mechanics and positioning or repetitive motions).
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
How does it work?
Ergonomic assessments can be completed on-site or virtually, starting with meeting with a skilled ergonomist to review the current set-up. 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.