Ergonomics is the interaction of people with their workplace, incorporating the physical and mental wellbeing of the worker as they interact with their equipment, tasks and working environment. We aim to create safe, comfortable and productive workspaces by bringing human abilities and limitations into the design of a workspace.
In the workplace, the individuals are the most critical part of all organisations and ensuring a sound ergonomic fit can help to unlock their greatest potential.
Furthermore, an ergonomically healthy workplace is able to sustain health and wellbeing, and reduces an organisation’s risk and associated costs of injury or illness in the workplace.
Why Does Ergonomics Matter?
According to Safe Work Australia, the total economic cost of work-related injuries and illnesses is estimated to be $60 billion dollars. As such, across Australia employers are joining the ergonomic movement and are realising it doesn’t have to require a significant investment.
Notably, there are more and more items being produced that are promoted to enhance our working capabilities and ergonomic fit with the environment i.e. sit to stand workstations. We spend approx. 40 hours a week at our desk holding static postures and there isn’t a one size fits all principle that can be applied to maintain our body’s needs within the workplace.
For instance, we noted the sit to stand workstation scenario before with the thinking being that as human beings we need to be more human doings. However, for someone with a pre-disposition to a lower back condition this could be the complete opposite intervention that we should be wanting to engage for them. It is important to note that ergonomics is a completely individual thing that is contextually sensitive.
To achieve the greatest alignment between an individual and their working environment, an ergonomic assessment needs to be multi-factorial and often more than a routine compliance check. For instance, Recovery Partners approach an ergonomic assessment as an independent entity that are able to factor the following elements:
anthropometry: body sizes, shapes; populations and variations
biomechanics: muscles, levers, forces, strength
environmental physics: noise, light, heat, cold, radiation, vibration body systems: hearing, vision, sensations
applied psychology: skill, learning, errors, differences
social psychology: groups, communication, learning, behaviours.
This assessment offers a profound understanding for the requirements and challenges of aligning individuals to their occupation and workplace environment.
Recovery Partners remains focused to continuing to deliver our customer centric values by assisting organisations and individuals through the responsible handling of all the human and economic factors that are associated with the ergonomic management of person, place and performance.
For example, our consultants will always aim to educate the individual as opposed to providing new, ineffective equipment at their workstation.
A brief assessment to ensure that a workstation is set up in the most appropriate manner for an individual and to identify recommended ergonomic equipment. A one page summary report is forwarded outlying recommendations from this assessment
An assessment for an employee with a medical condition and/or personal injury to ensure that their workstation is set up in the most appropriate manner for their conditions and to identify recommended ergonomic equipment. Following the completion of the assessment, Assessors will correspond with GP and/or treating health professionals to confirm our assessment findings and recommendations. Subsequently, a detailed report with their current status and condition history, recommendations for workstation, and details and costs of recommended ergonomic equipment will be supplied.
As per the standard assessment, but taking in multiple work stations or areas of the work place where the relevant party may need to be assessed. This assessment may also be utilised for the client with a more complex or multifactorial barrier profile.
Working from Home Assessment:
An assessment for an employee who has been approved to work from home, to ensure that their workstation is set up in the most appropriate manner and that their work area is appropriate from a WHS perspective. Subsequently a detailed report with recommendations for the workstation and work area, and details and costs of recommended ergonomic equipment.
Prices are tailored. Contact us for a quote.
Our consultants are based at locations across Australia. Click here for our locations menu for an up to date list of our offices.
We welcome your enquiry. Recovery Partners are able to coordinate for an array of references with respect to our Ergonomic Assessments upon your request.
Call us on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789) Monday to Friday for all offices or email us on [email protected]