Ergonomics is about designing the work environment for optimal human use. This includes safe working in both white- and blue-collar environments.

The work environment includes both the immediate physical environment and greater workplace environment. The immediate environment is the equipment or tools an employee uses on a daily basis. The greater environment is the overall structure of the workplace.

What is ergonomics?

A good ergonomic assessment involves not only looking at your employees’ seating arrangements, but also how often they stand, their posture, equipment (including computers, keyboards, and machinery) and working environment. Addressing these things can help reduce costs and improve productivity in your business.

What is an ergonomic assessment?

Fortunately, the most common injuries that are a result of bad ergonomics are preventable. Adjusting the work environment to suit individual employee needs reduces the risk of injury. We specialise in on-site training in ergonomics, tailored to your business and your industry.

How can ergonomics prevent injury?

According to Safe Work Australia, work-related injury and disease costs the Australian economy roughly $60 billion annually. The majority of cost (95%) being worn by individuals and the community.

Did you know that lower back pain is the world’s most common work-related disability? Recent research has shown that back pain affects a range of employees working from offices and building sites to agriculture.

Ergonomics is important to not only provide employees with safe and healthy work environments, but also reduce the unnecessary costs associated with injury which result in employee absenteeism.

Why is ergonomics important?

What are the risks of bad ergonomics?

The consequences of bad ergonomic practices have both short and long-term health effects, including:

Short Term

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Neck pain

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Back pain

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Shoulder and arm pain

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Headaches

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Repetitive strain injury

Long Term

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Carpel tunnel

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Diabetes

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Heart conditions

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Obesity

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Stroke

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Postural muscle aches and pains

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Musculoskeletal disorders

Ergonomic risk factors differ, depending on the type of work. For example, an office worker’s fingers, wrists and arms can be affected by bad placement of the mouse, keyboard and chair. Whereas, a factory worker will be vulnerable to back and neck injuries due to twisting at the waist and lifting heavy objects.

What are the benefits of ergonomic assessments and training?

The consequences of bad ergonomic practices have both short and long-term health effects, including:

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Reduced costs associated with illness and injury.

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Improved productivity from employees who are comfortable and healthy.

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Improved quality of work from employees who are taken care of by their employer.

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Improved engagement from employees who feel connected with their employer.

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A better safety culture leading to the longevity of staff and good workplace reputation.

Our experienced trainers work with you to identify your needs, which may involve workplace assessments, practical activities and case studies resulting in training that is highly relevant for your workers.

Training is an investment in your people and your business. Our ergonomic assessments and training services will help you and your workers to understand and comply with WHS legislation and encourages a healthy and productive workforce.

An ergonomic assessment is an assessment of an individual worker’s working set up and environment. Ergonomic assessment have to be individualised, because every person is different.

When one of our allied health professional conducts ergonomic assessments at your workplace, they will do so with each employee. Depending on the number of employees you have, and the complexity of their needs, ergonomic assessments can take as little as 1 hour.

We recommend accompanying our ergonomic assessments with ergonomic training at your workplace to make the most of your time, resources and budget.

How long does an ergonomic assessment take?

The length of time training takes depends on each customer and their needs. Factors including workforce size, location and industry specifics are all considered when tailoring training to clients.

Generally, training can take from 1 hour to 1 day, depending on the workplace. Ergonomic assessment are individualised, because every person is different. To make sure the best ergonomic assessment can be given to each employee, we recommend our full day course to get the most out of the assessments and training.

How long does ergonomic training take?

Our qualified allied health professionals come to your workplace to conduct specialised ergonomic assessments and training sessions with your staff. It is vital that an ergonomic assessment is conducted at your workplace as this is an assessment of your employee’s work stations in real time.

Find out more about the importance of ergonomic assessments.

Where does ergonomic training take place?

Ergonomic tips and tricks

Ergonomics doesn’t have to be complicated. We encourage staff to do these simple things to improve posture and overall health at work.

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Keep moving

Change your posture frequently to minimise fatigue. Consider an adjustable standing desk 

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Take a break

Take short, frequent breaks where you move around, and mix up your tasks during the day. This encourages the use of different muscle groups.

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Stretch

Stretching your shoulders, back, neck, wrists and ankles is recommended several times each day.

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