Ergonomics refers to the fit between people and their work; combining health and design to optimise the work environment for the individual. Application of ergonomics ensures that the tasks, equipment as well as the environment are all fit for the worker, minimising the risk of injury or harm. By reducing the impact of psychical and psychological strains, you help employees to work in a happier, healthier and safer environment. Continue reading to find out what factors to consider when implementing workplace ergonomics, how to avoid bad ergonomics in the workplace and how to optimise office ergonomics both in the workplace and when working remotely.
The first factor to consider when considering workplace ergonomics is to understand the job role and the tasks that are involved as part of this role. This is so that we can understand how the job role relates to the individual.
Next, we need to understand how the job role (and all that is involved as part of the job role) links to a person’s physical and psychological characteristics. This will help to determine suitability, and where improvements can be made to help ensure the individual’s safety.
Finally, the environment in which all of this is being carried out needs to be considered, as this will have an impact on the ergonomic workplace solutions that can be in place.
Each and every individual has different psychical and psychological needs, so by gaining an understanding into how these relate to a person’s job role within their working environment, you’ll be in the best position to design a work environment that is safe, effective and productive.
The most common application of ergonomics you’re likely to be aware of is within an office environment. It’s important to remember that within the working environment, every individual will have different needs, and so to apply correct ergonomics, a personal workstation assessment (or workplace desk assessment) will need to be carried out. This is usually carried out by a trained specialist, like ourselves, who will investigate each person individually, and come up with a tailored plan to suit them best. Some of the areas we look at as part of a personal workstation assessment include:
To help avoid the negative implications of sitting for long periods, we would encourage employees to incorporate some of the following into their day:
If you would like further information about ergonimics at work or would like to inquire about a personal workstation assessment, get in touch with our team of occupational health advisors. We’re here to help!
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