A Workstation Assessment, also known as a Ergonomic Assessment, ensures that a worker’s workstation is ergonomically set up to minimise the risk of injury and maximise productivity.
Ergonomics is matching the job to the worker and the product to the user.
During an Ergonomic Assessment the assessor may look at not only the physical set up of the workstation, but also the associated work role and tasks. The assessor gains a history of the person’s symptoms and an understanding of the physical and cognitive demands of the person’s role, in order to ensure the client’s work station is suitability organized in line with ergonomic standards and best practice guidelines. They ensure any issues in terms of pain/fatigue or dysfunction are analysed and provide appropriate recommendations & education to overcome any possible barriers or issues.
Assessments are also conducted to support the return to work of an injured worker by ensuring that their workstation is designed to minimise any discomfort as they recover from their injury and prevent any aggravation of the injury. Also, for workers who work from home, to ensure their home work environment is safe and ergonomically set up.
Following an assessment, a report will be produced, by the assessor, indicating advice on any of the following: posture, physical work demands, equipment and workplace set up requirements, environmental factors (lighting, noise and temperature) and rest and microbreaks. See Ergonomic Assessment.