Workplace ergonomics have come to the forefront in the last few years as a primary concern for both employers and employees with a rise in occupational health illnesses such as Repetitive Strain Injury and Defective Vision becoming a rising risk as development and demands placed upon workplaces by improvements in technology. Employer’s have a legal duty to assess the risk that poor ergonomics (including the use of Display Screen Equipment / Visual Display Units) poses in their workplaces. Where a risk is identified the employer must undertake to either eliminate or otherwise mitigate.
A number of factors play a role in Ergonomics; these include body posture and movement (sitting, standing, lifting, pulling and pushing), and environmental factors (noise, lighting, temperature, humidity):
- Required by Law
- Visual Display Equipment
- Workstation Review
- Posture / Lifting
What is Ergonomics?
- Reduce risk of personal injury claims
- Reduce the risk of resultant absenteeism
- Increase productivity of staff through implementation of ergonomics