Ergonomics

In many ways a business or organisation is like a machine.  It works most effectively when all the individual pieces are well-maintained and fit together comfortably. Ergonomics is a tool which can be used to promote the health of your organisation.

Ergonomics is often associated with the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders such as RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) and back pain, which can affect office workers.  This is certainly a core area.  However, ergonomics isn’t restricted to the office environment, nor is it restricted to tackling physical ailments.  Ergonomics is about ensuring health and well-being certainly, but is also about optimising productivity and efficiency.

This can be done on an individual scale – such as when conducting an assessment for a staff member reporting ill health or returning to work.  It can also be done on a company-wide scale if broader issues are suspected to be contributing to poor health of workers or low productivity.

Ergonomics incorporates tasks analysis tools, subjective and objective assessment of injury, questionnaires, biomechanical assessment and measurement of equipment to determine fit with users.  The scope is broad.  Fleet Street Clinic’s ergonomic consultant, who is a qualified physiotherapist and a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE), has experience conducting ergonomics assessments in a wide array of environments, from the offices of investment banks and blue chip law firms in the City of London to the whiskey distilleries of William Grant in Glenfiddich, Dufftown and Bellshill near Glasgow.

Ergonomics Services:

Our ergonomic consultancy services are tailored to each individual client’s requirements. The core services are as follows:

Workplace Assessments:

Workstation Risk Reviews – standard service reviewing the overall management of Display Screen Equipment (DSE) risk at your organisation along with basic DSE assessments for your employees.

Comprehensive Workstation Assessment – an in-depth workstation assessment for an individual who is suffering from a physical problem or experiencing difficulty at their workstation.  An extended comprehensive workstation assessment can also be undertaken for those employees with increased needs or complex requirements; e.g. registered disabled.

Return to Work Assessment – an extended assessment for an employee returning to work following a period of sickness absence.  More complex than the comprehensive workstation assessments, the nature and length of the assessment will depend on the employee’s role e.g. whether in a standard office setting or a role involving manual handling tasks, etc.

Manual Handling Risk Assessments – arranged according to your company’s requirements.

Full Ergonomic Assessment – a complex undertaking that typically assesses a specific job role or roles (rather than being for an individual).  Often used more in an industrial than DSE setting, the nature and length of the assessment will depend on your organisation’s requirements and is typically carried out over the course of 1-2 days.

We are able to provide ergonomic and workstation assessments at your place of work throughout the London area.

Training:

DSE Assessor Training – training for up to 8 members of staff to carry out basic workstation assessments to comply with DSE regulations.

Manual Handling Training – training for up to 8 members of staff on safe manual handling, including task specific risk assessment, in line with Manual Handling Operations Regulations.

Ergonomics Advice and Consultancy Services:

Management of Display Screen Equipment (DSE) use – an overview and advice on managing the health and safety risks associated with DSE use, including recommendations regarding policies and procedures.

Consultation with Health and Safety personnel on specific ergonomic, biomechanical and musculoskeletal issues.

Recommendations regarding furniture and equipment purchase.

Contact Fleet Street Clinic

Contact Fleet Street Clinic on 0207 353 5678 email info@fleetstreetclinic.com for more information on our ergonomics service or fill in our contact form here.

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