What is an Ergonomic Risk Assessment?
Ergonomics is concerned with the relationship between people, the tasks they undertake, the equipment they use and the environments in which they work. It puts people first, taking account of their capabilities and limitations. Applying ergonomics in the workplace reduces the likelihood of accidents, reduces the potential for injury and ill health such as aches and pains of the wrists, shoulders and back, and improves performance and productivity.
The working posture and position of employees while using work equipment, and ergonomic requirements, are taken into account having regard to the safety and health of the employees.
A workplace with poor ergonomics puts employees at risk due to the work not fitting employees properly. This can cost a company or business a lot of money due to the cost of injury and loss of working productivity.
Ergonomic Risk Assessment Structure
Reviewing the current work design and organisational factors in your workplace
Identifying and recording any ergonomic equipment requirements and, where appropriate, providing on-the-spot advice and assistance to attain optimum layout of the workstations from computer workstations to machine set-up in a production floor
Environment assessment of lighting, noise, temperature and humidity levels
Prepare the final report, which will include a detailed assessment of the work area as well as a general overview and key recommendations. This report is intended to assist in reducing the possibility of accidents and ill health by bringing identified hazards to the attention of the organisation
A detailed report will be given to the employer stating that the assessment and recommendations were undertaken.