Office Equipment Trail

Ergonomic Assessment

What does ergonomics really mean?

Ergonomics is the science of designing the workplace to suit the capabilities or limitations of the worker. A workplace committed to ergonomic design and tailored workspaces will reap greater rewards – reduced costs, improved productivity, greater quality, increased employee engagement and a better safety culture.

The average office worker spends about 80% of their day sitting – so good posture, back care and ergonomic seating is vital to ensure health and wellbeing, as well as reduce the risk of back and neck pain, headaches and problems with legs and feet.

The Back Centre team are the ergonomics experts.

At Back Centre, we talk about your health first. We have spent more than 30 years helping our customers adapt workplaces to suit individuals.

In store, our team will spend as long as they need to discover a person’s exact needs. On-site, our experienced occupational therapist provides individual and group ergonomic assessments.

Why should I book an Ergonomic Assessment?

Injury management can be costly – the earlier problems are addressed, the better. Poor workstation setup leads to poor posture that, in turn, can result in issues such as headaches, backache, neck and arm pain and eye strain. This impacts worker productivity and can be a cause of absenteeism if the issue is prolonged. When an employee experiences musculoskeletal symptoms at work, an ergonomic assessment can help by identifying changes needed to optimise workstation set up and thereby reduce postural-related symptoms.

We have a solution. We work closely with Pinnacle Workplace Consultants who have over 20 years of experience in providing workplace assessment advice. Their team of highly experienced Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists can assist in the physical layout and modification of existing or new work areas and recommend equipment to minimise the risk of injury.

Pinnacle Workplace Consultants can undertake workstation assessments specific to an individual worker or aimed at the business as a whole. A range of options are available, including group training sessions on ergonomic workstation set-up, onsite assessment of office seating and workstations and analysis of factors that may potentially cause musculoskeletal issues or aggravate existing problems.

Onsite Workstation Ergonomic Assessment

An individual onsite assessment by Pinnacle, our Workplace assessment partner, is suitable for anyone with concerns about their workstation set-up, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.

There are two assessment options available:

Standard Workstation Ergonomic Assessment takes between 20-30 minutes and is suitable for workers who are not experiencing any symptoms or have minor complaints only. The assessment aims to optimise their workstation setup and minimise the risk of injury. The Therapist will review the individual at their workstation, identify any ergonomic issues, modify their workstation where necessary and provide recommendations regarding self-management strategies and appropriate working practices. They can also provide proposed equipment recommendations within the report, as may be requested.  A brief report will be issued.

Specialist (Extended) Workstation Ergonomic Assessment is recommended for individuals who have an existing condition, musculoskeletal injury or are experiencing symptoms. This assessment takes 30 – 60 minutes, allowing time for the Therapist to review the worker’s symptoms and relevant medical history together with assessing their workstation. Photographs may be taken, with consent, to record any workstation issues. The extended assessment includes specific education on injury management in addition to advice regarding optimal workstation layout, and any recommended equipment or aids. The aim is to significantly improve or resolve symptoms reduce the likelihood of further injury. A more comprehensive report will be issued.

Business workplace assessments
With a significant increase in the number of people working from home, many businesses are seeing the benefits of undertaking assessments and training on workstation setup for all their workers.

As all business needs are different, Pinnacle, our Workplace Assessment Partner, can work with you to find a tailored solution that meets your needs.

Contact us on 8351 0666 or [email protected] for a quote.