What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is “an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely". (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
How does it work?
An EAV ergonomic assessment is an evaluation that identifies risk factors in the workplace to make the workplace a better “fit” for your team. When work spaces fit better the risk of injuries and the huge cost of those injuries is greatly reduced. Fewer injuries makes for higher worker satisfaction, retention, and productivity- work shouldn’t hurt!
Who is qualified to provide an assessment?
An assessment should be made by a medical professional such as a licensed occupational therapist/ergonomist who has been trained to assess activities and the way people interact with their environment. We will do an on-site review of job duties, tools, and office furniture to identify risk factors for workplace injury and recommend ways to reduce the risk of injury for staff.
When should you hire an Ergonomist?
Before you need one! Good education can prevent worker’s comp injuries. If someone’s already hurting, then let’s get going to reduce the severity and the resulting costs and complications that come from a workplace injury.
What should you expect?
The information you need to reduce employee injuries and spend less money on worker's comp cases!
Ergonomic training ONLY works if changes are implemented. Working with an occupational therapist/ergonomist who specializes in collaboration means we’re much more likely to find ways your workers will want to work.
We try to make the least intrusive and least expensive changes because they are most likely to work. These are things like teaching an employee how to correctly adjust their chair, computer, or desk to better fit their body. We also provide education about stretching, safe lifting, or other body mechanics changes.
If you need a written report it will detail recommended changes in equipment, job duties, and/or furnishings to help mitigate risk and increase safety. This is a vital tool that can help you with future planning to avoid costly injuries in the future.