What Are Ergonomics?
Correct ergonomics include designing your workplace environment for optimal biomechanical use therefore minimising risk of poor posture and associated injuries/conditions. The assessment can be completed in both white and blue collar working environments/settings.
What Is Assessed?
The physiotherapist will thoroughly assess the work environment, as well as educating the worker/s on correct ergonomic principles to use in their day to day work. The work environment includes the immediate environment and greater workplace environment.
The immediate environment includes equipment or tools an employee uses on a daily basis (eg. computer, desk, machinery, hand-held tools).
The greater environment is the general structure of the workplace including layout (eg. lighting, heating and flooring)
What Injuries Can Occur?
Office Set Up
Neck and shoulder pain (eg. chair and desk heights)
Elbow, wrist and finger injuries (eg. keyboard and mouse placement)
RSI - repetitive strain injury
Neck and shoulder injuries (eg. tools, machine work)
LBP - Low back pain (eg. lifting, carrying)
Hip, knee and ankle injuries (eg. lifting, floor surfaces, steps)