Ergonomic assessments, or workplace ergonomics is the science of melding the job requirements of the worker with a sound workstation setup. Our 50 point Ergonomic Workstation Checklist (developed in conjunction with physiotherapists and Osteopaths) thoroughly checks individuals and their workstations creating not only comfortable place to work, but a great anthropometric fit. Each comprehensive workplace health check takes about 30 minutes but the subtle, or substantial recommendations can really make a difference to your organisations workplace health and wellbeing.
Workplace musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) are among the most prevalent lost time injuries and illnesses in almost every industry, causing a great deal of pain and suffering among workers. WMSD, specifically those involving the back, are among the most costly Workcover Claims. Adding ergonomic assessments to your best practice policies and procedures is an effective, easy to implement tool that will benefit your whole team. According to a Workcover report from 2016, the average cost of a Workcover claim is $40,051, a very costly price for lost-time.
Poor workstation ergonomics can lead to many musculoskeletal problems, and these conditions can manifest quickly, or may take longer to present. Incorrect workstation setup and poor posture can lead to tendonitis, tenosynovitis, epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, rounded and slumped shoulders, stooping, craning neck, lower back pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, thoracic outlet syndrome, and many other upper thoracic problems.