Ergonomic Assessments Service
Do you work in an office or from home? Have you got a workstation? Are you required to sit for longer than 1 hour per day? Most importantly have you completed an ergonomic assessment of your work area?
Poor ergonomics can lead to Musculoskeletal disorders also known as Work Related Upper Limb Disorders and Repetitive Strain Injuries. These are soft tissue injuries that affect the muscles, tendons, nerves, ligaments, joints, and/or blood vessels.
What does the term Ergonomics mean?
Ergonomics is the relationship between the worker and the job and focuses on the design of work areas/tasks to improve job performance. The goal of ergonomics is to provide maximum productivity with minimal health cost to the worker. A number of factors play a role in ergonomics; these include body posture and movement (sitting, standing, lifting, pulling, and pushing), and environmental factors (noise, lighting, temperature, and humidity)
Although many employees relate ergonomics to Display Screen Equipment (DSE) /computer use , it is relevant to all workplaces and work tasks e.g. Manual Handling of objects and people, environmental factors, work stations for both DSE work and non DSE work.
Do my employees need Ergonomic Risk Assessments?
The simple answer is yes. Under Chapter 5 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. Employers are responsible for ensuring that any display screen equipment does not pose any risk to the user in general use and that the equipment should be assessed to evaluate health and safety conditions.
As an employer you must assess hazards and risks associated with the workplace, systems of work, work machinery, chemicals, manual handling, PPE etc, as they apply to your entire workforce. These findings must be recorded in the Safety Statement.
So what is an Ergonomic Assessment?
An Ergonomic assessment will involve a visit to your work premises. This is to allow us to review and observe your current set up. We will recommend adjustments and control measures to make your work area more comfortable for you. This information will be provided to you in a written report. Your report will provide information on hazards identified and advice on the most efficient set up for your workstation.
It is vital that a competent person carries out your Ergonomic Assessment.
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007 require that the employer to take measures necessary for the safety & health of employees
It is important to remember that by applying Ergonomics to your workplace you are reducing the likelihood of injuries and ill health such as pains and aches from shoulders, backs, and wrist. In conclusion, a comfortable work environment is a more productive work environment.
Online Ergonomic Risk Assessments
We also offer a fantastic online Assessing Display Screen Equipment Course. This course covers a range of things such as adjusting your chair and screen, looking at the layout of your workstation, and control and prevention strategies. The online course time is approximately 1 hour 50 mins and costs only €35.