What does it involve?
A site visit is conducted by our chartered ergonomist. This will enable tasks to be observed for analysis. Objective data such as weight of items handled, forces exerted (e.g. push pull forces), and dimensions of workstations / work area are collected. We also like to involve the workforce to ensure we get an understanding of their views of the tasks which can enable us to highlight issues and solutions. We use validated tools such as ART (Assessment of Repetitive Tasks), MAC (Manual Handling Assessment Charts), RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment), REBA (Rapid Entire Body Assessment), RAPP (Risk Assessment of Pushing and Pulling) as well our extensive expert experience and bespoke tools.
Our qualified registered ergonomists would collect video and photographic data of the users, environment and the tools and equipment they use. Off-site analysis can look at rates of repetition, postural stress and dimensions to highlight risks and provide recommendations to improve the working environment, process and conditions. A summary of the assessment process is as follows:
• Holistic approach
• Can include worker, occupational health and manager questionnaires covering physical and psychological issues
• Observation of typical postures adopted
• Use of validated postural tools where necessary
• Workstation measurements taken and compared with regulations and standards
• Objective measures taken
• Detailed report to help identify areas that need attention with recommendations for improvement
• Discussion of report with ergonomist included
• Post assessment guidance from ergonomist
Typical project would consist of one day on site and two days analysis and report preparation. This could be tailored for larger or smaller work areas.
Below are some case studies summarising the projects undertaken:
Food production line ergonomics survey
Ergonomics Survey of Refuse Workers
Ergonomics Assessment of Lead Manufacturing