Most people think of workstation ergonomics, but the field of ergonomic extends far wider. Ergonomics is concerned with the “fit” between the user, the equipment and their environment, and are designed to minimise the risk of injury and maximise productivity.
The ergonomic principles of posture and movement play a central role in the provision of a safe, healthy and comfortable work environment. It can include the physical design of workspaces, interaction between tools with vehicles, noise, lighting, and thermal comfort.
What is involved in an ergonomic assessment?
The aim of an ergonomic assessment is to provide possibilities for optimising tasks or activities performed in the workplace, and for protecting employees from injury.
During an ergonomic assessment, the following will be reviewed:
- the job or task being performed and the demands on the individual
- the equipment used – its size, shape, and how appropriate it is for the task, and
- the information used – how it is presented, accessed, and changed.