A workplace ergonomic assessment involves evaluating a worker at their workstation (seated or standing) or vehicle to ensure optimal working and driving postures, work practices and correct workstation set up.
Advice and education is given following the assessment, including suggested adjustments to seating, mirrors, steering wheel, etc. as well as changes to habits and manual handling.
Ergonomic equipment recommendations can be made where appropriate.
Virtual Ergonomic Assessments
During the pandemic, many employers made the decision to implement work-from-home policies for large portions of their workforce. While some have returned to the office, many have implemented hybrid arrangements for their employees.
It remains important for employers to ensure safe working environments for employees, including optimal ergonomic setups for working from home.
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that their employees’ health and wellbeing is not compromised. In work-from-home arrangements, the lack of supportive equipment, suitable workspaces and often the requirement to use laptops for a prolonged period means that the potential for musculoskeletal injuries is significantly exacerbated, predisposing employers to an increased likelihood of claims and cost of doing business.
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