Is pain or discomfort affecting your ability to work effectively?
Workplace set up and proper ergonomics are considered as some of the most important factors in maximising workplace health and safety to prevent musculoskeletal pain and injuries. As we move to a more sedentary lifestyle and with an increased focus on productivity at work, a non-optimal workstation combined with prolonged postures can be a risk factor for some musculoskeletal disorders. This is even more prevalent with more of us now working from a home office since the events of 2020.
The good news is that a comprehensive assessment of your work environment and workstation can be a useful way to help maximise injury prevention and reduce risk factors associated with workplace injuries. Our physiotherapists are trained in ergonomic assessment and will be able to tailor either you or your employees workstation to individual needs to minimise the risk to their health. Our Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge of the current ergonomic research findings, work practices, and workplace legislations. We currently cater for both small and large groups and offer clients a variety of ways to provide ergonomic assessments and advice – this can range from group presentations or individual brief or extended consults.
There are many different recommendations (workstation assessments) that our physiotherapists can make to maximise you or your workers occupational health. The first is around the best equipment to have at your workstation, whether it be at your workplace or home office (home office ergonomic assessment is just as important). Equipment such as chairs, ergonomic workstation, ergonomic keyboards and mouses, screen height adjusters, standing mats, sit-to-stand desk and many others may be recommended by your physiotherapist based on ergonomic principles. Making your office equipment best suited to you and your environment can be one of the most beneficial outcomes of an ergonomic assessment.
An ergonomic assessment will also look at how the equipment is set up within the office environment and make sure it is tailored to you or your workers needs. People often have their desk or office set up incorrectly which places them into poor postures and may increase their risk of suffering from some musculoskeletal disorders in the future. Optimising such features as screen height, keyboard and mouse positioning, foot stool positioning and others will be a key part of your ergonomic assessment.
Proper manual handling techniques can also be discussed with you or your employees. Proper manual handling training can help minimise the risk of your or your workers missing future work time. Our physiotherapists will show you how to use proper lifting techniques based on evidence based recommendations and strategies to minimise your risk of developing any musculoskeletal disorders. Proper training about how to lift with proper posture is essential training for your employees.
If you are sitting or standing for long periods of time at work, then it is essential that the environment be adjusted to fit you. We are a leading provider of ergonomic assessments and our ergonomic recommendations are based on evidence and the results from our objective evaluation. We are passionate about maximising the health and safety of you and your workers.If you have any queries about what ergonomic package might best suit your workplace, please contact us today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Would Benefit From This Assessment?
Anyone who spends a lot of time at a desk of static workspace can benefit. An ergonomic assessment can be useful to help alter your set up to help minimise your current pain and risk of getting pain in the future.
What does an Ergonomic Assessment involve?
An ergonomic assessment will involve a physiotherapist performing an objective evaluation of your workspace to see if it is tailored to your individual ideal set up based on ergonomic principles.
What happens after the assessment?
After the assessment your physiotherapist will make ergonomic recommendations for equipment and changes to your workspace based on the findings from their assessment.
Why You Should get in an Ergonomic Assessment
An ergonomic assessment can help identify any issues with your workspace to minimise the risk of future injury or lost work time for you or your employees
Who completes the assessments?
All assessments are undertaken by a qualified physiotherapist.
What is the best ergonomic office setup?
There is no one size fits all answer. Each person will have their ideal ergonomic set up based on ergonomic principles and their own individual issues and workspace environment.
Whether your goal is to add 10kgs to your squat or to simply be able to play with your children, our physiotherapists can assist in developing an exercise program that is appropriate for your current level of health and fitness.