Ergonomics is recognised as one of the most important factors in the workplace health and safety environment today. Risk factors such as awkward postures, repetitive movements, long duration and static work postures are the underlying cause of many musculoskeletal disorders that we manage on a daily basis. If you are sitting at a workstation it is essential that it be adjusted to fit you. A worker required to work in a poorly designed ergonomic work space is destined to injury. All ergonomic assessments are performed by fully qualified and practicing Osteopath, with extensive knowledge of the current legislation.
We offer a number of ergonomic solutions for the workplace catering for both small and large companies and offer clients a variety of ways to provide ergonomic assessment & advice. If you have any queries about what ergonomic package might best suit your workplace, please call us to speak to a consultant.
Our ‘Sit-Safe’ Ergonomic Training is completed onsite for groups of up to 25 workers per course. A registered Physiotherapist will facilitate the training sessions that includes both theoretical and practical components, emphasizing the importance of postural awareness in the workplace, and teaching the basics of correct ergonomic setup (with a mock workstation) as well as common injuries and faults. This allows workers to return to their desks and correct the basics.
We then spend the rest of the time available visiting each worker at their workstation to provide individual advice, making further ergonomic corrections and answering any questions they may have. This brief ergonomic workstation assessment will signal any high risk workers who require further follow up.
15 minute ‘preventative’ ergonomic desk risk assessment
Typically, these workers are not experiencing any symptoms or injuries and the assessment aims to ensure that their ergonomic workstation is set up correctly to prevent injury.
30 minute ‘minor complaints’ ergonomic desk risk assessment
Typically, these workers have only minor symptoms (eg. occasional lower back ache) or injuries and the ergonomic assessment aims to ensure that their workstation is set up correctly to reduce symptoms and prevent further injury.
With both length assessments our therapists will review the individual and their ergonomic workstation, identify any ergonomic issues, educate on reducing sedentary postures, modify where necessary their workstation to minimise risk of injury and provide recommendations in terms of self-management strategies, ergonomic accessories and safe working practices.
This ergonomic assessment is designed for the injured worker. Many of your workers may complain about pain or numbness after sitting for prolonged periods at the desk. Even more worrying is that some workers often suffer in silence and fail to report the early onset of symptoms. Work performance can decrease as their comfort decreases.
Our consultants are able to come to you to carry out one-on-one consultations to identify risk factors and assess root cause/s and provide recommendations on appropriate management. The assessment allows the health professional to interview the worker on their current concerns, any past injury history, and ensure that any modifications suit their individual needs.
Our aim is to resolve and/or significantly improve symptoms which employees experience when at work and prevent the likelihood of aggravation occurring.
All employers have a duty of care under current legislation to provide a safe workplace for their workers. If a worker is working from home this includes their home office and home environment. This level of assessment ensures your workers home office has been assessed for both ergonomic risk factors and general safety risk factors. Building on from our ergonomic assessments we are able to send a WHS qualified practitioner to your worker’s home office to complete an ergonomic assessment and safety risk assessment with report.
Our consultants will carry out a risk assessment to identify all ergonomic hazards, plus assess manual handling issues, repetition, trip hazards, fire safety, ventilation, emergency contacts, childcare arrangements and first aid supplies. This will provide you with a report which can be kept with your Health and Safety Rep’s records for management.
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