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- Reduced Risk of Workplace Injuries: Reduce Lost Work Hours.
- Improves Employee Efficiency: Workspace Optimization Strategies Suggested.
- Reduces Long Term Injury Exposure Which Affects Work Output.
- Helps Improve Employee-Employer Work Relationship.
- Maintenance of Good Posture.
An ergonomic assessment is crucial for the fitness of the workforce in an organization. Work related injury is usually due to awkward posture, forceful movement, and external factors such as noise which can affect health and work output. These factors can also have serious implications for an employee’s health since they put strain on the bones, tendons and muscles.
Ergonomic problems are usually caused by technological changes like repetitive work, specialized tasks, and computer jobs that give people little opportunity to exercise. People who suffer from ergonomic problems end up with back problems, shoulder ache, headache and eye problems among other issues.
An ergonomic assessment evaluates different kinds of stresses on the muscles, tendons and bones so that the risk of injury is reduced.
The assessment also includes solutions and modifications on how a job can be performed to reduce stress and pain.
Ergonomic assessment is a scientific and practical analysis to find out how to improve a working environment. As computers take over the workplace, most people have been relegated to work stations without much physical activity.
To improve work productivity as well as prevent disorders resulting from poorly designed workstations, a comprehensive ergonomic assessment is helpful for both the employer and employee.
Musculoskeletal disorders are among the most common occupational complaints in places like the US, UK, Canada, China, India and many other countries that have employees who perform sedentary (deskbound) work.
1. What happens during an ergonomic assessment? The ergonomic specialist carries out a workstation analysis and assessment at the office or home. The objective is to identify and negate any current problem area or future risk that can impact employee health and performance.
2. What is cumulative trauma disorder in the workplace? Cumulative trauma disorder or Repetitive Strain Injury is a diagnosis used for hand and arm pain that is caused by chronic and repeated performance of the same task leading to strain (for instance, working on the computer for long hours).
3. How much time does the ergonomic assessment take? The time taken for an ergonomic assessment depends on the needs of the office. It can range from thirty minutes to an hour. A report is produced after the assessment. This report includes observations about the work station, the problems identified, modifications needed, and recommendations for improvement.
4. Does ergonomic assessment improve productivity? Although it's not the primary factor affecting work productivity, an ergonomic assessment is still an important and underrated aspect which is instrumental in overall productivity. For the best possible outcome, it is important that the organization acts on the feedback of the ergonomic assessment report.
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The publication, Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) conducted research on occupational safety. The publication discusses ergonomic assessment and cumulative trauma disorders in various industries.
The University of British Columbia and Arthritis Research Centre of Canada aimed to devise and pilot an ergonomic assessment tool for people with arthritis. This will bring about ergonomic modifications to maintain work productivity and alleviate loss in work days.
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