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Ergonomic and worksite assessments are important work injury prevention and management strategies. Used proactively, ergonomic and worksite assessments prevent injuries and compensation claims. Occasions when ergonomic and worksite assessments may be used include:
An Ergonomic Assessment evaluates the fit between an individual and their workstation, to ensure it is set up in a way that will present minimum risk to the employee’s health and wellbeing. Ergonomic assessments may also be conducted with vehicles, to assess and adjust the fit with the driver.
‘General duty of care’ and ‘general duties’ are terms used to refer to the obligations that Health and Safety legislation places upon employers. Under these ‘general duties’ employers must provide: a workplace where workers are not exposed to hazards as far as practicable; a safe system of work; and information, instruction, training and supervision to workers so they can work in a safe manner.
Worksite and Ergonomic Assessments are a common and effective strategy used by businesses, as part of their safe systems of work to manage hazards that may contribute to musculoskeletal injury. They are a significant management action in meeting ‘general duty of care’ obligations.
Franklyn Work Safety specializes in non-compensable injury prevention and management. We provide worksite and ergonomic assessment services in Perth, and regional Western Australia. Our services include:
We aim to utilise existing equipment, and in circumstances in which alternative equipment is required, we make your purchasing easy by providing you with potential supplier options.
All worksite and ergonomic assessments are undertaken Registered Occupational Therapists.
For information on our Workstation Set-up training sessions – see Workstation Set-up Training – Info Sheet – 2019
For a guide to setting up your workstation, download our Workstation Set-up Guide
For a guide that focuses on setting up your chair, download our Chair Set-up Guide
For a guide to ergonomics for driving, download our FWS – Driving Ergonomics Guide
For ideas to increase physical activity and posture change at work – FWS – Get Active at Work Info Sheet