Job Ready has staff that are Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialists. An ergonomic risk assessment can identify or quantify problem areas in job tasks that result in risks to injury.
When to Request an Ergonomic Assessment:
- To identify causality for compensable injuries
- Proactive evaluation prior to injury
- To prevent or reduce various musculoskeletal hazards at worksite
- When recommendations are needed including tool redesign, work station alterations, proper lift training, administrative controls i.e. stretching program, job task rotation, job coaching
- To provide an objective, third-party assessment to identify or quantify injury risks at workstations
Ergonomic risk factors are assessed such as repetition, force/load, awkward, static postures, localized mechanical stress/contact pressure, vibration, environmental factors such as lighting, standing surface, and temperature.
Are you seeing the following significant risk factors in your worksite?:
- Employee modifications - padding of equipment, braces/splints, personal chairs, seat cushions, etc.
- General employee population - females vs. males, smoking at breaks, yawning, poor physical conditioning
- Twisting or other rotational forces
- Aging employees who have declining physical abilities
These factors are an indication that employees are having some problems with their workstation set-up. Ergonomic equipment and chairs are not necessarily the best answer for everyone – an individualized assessment may be needed or perhaps some training in how to use ergonomic equipment correctly.
The aging workforce is another good reason to take a good look at ergonomics in the workplace in order to prevent injury. Although older workers are less likely to be injured than younger workers, they take twice as long to recover from an injury.