Injuries in the workplace where the work involves sitting in one place and staring at the screen for long are mostly related to the musculoskeletal problems with back pain, neck stiffness that may start mild but on the long run cause significant impact on the health. the work pace should be in such a way that it provides a safe and comfortable environment so that the workers can work in a healthy and effective way. Repeated motions like twisting, pulling, sitting for a long time and bad posture can worsen musculoskeletal problems.
In order to prevent these fallouts, a proper assessment has to be done; the risk assessment known as ergonomic risk assessment looks in to the possible risks that would lead to compromising of the comfortable work environment of the workers. Ergonomic assessment evaluates and analyses how the work place and the staff interact and documenting all those risk that would jeopardize the harmony between the work place and workers. Ergonomics is the science of designing and arranging things so that people can interact safely and healthily with their work area.
Interview Your Staff
To ensure a proper ergonomic office assessment there are certain steps to be followed. The first thing you should take is a proper history from the staff of the inconvenience, their opinion regarding the arrangement and If there is any genuine concern and any uncomfortableness they face in their workplace.
When taking this history make sure you do so properly let the staff tell out all the problems that they may be facing, listening to their concern is very important because it makes them feel heard and when workers can work properly they can contribute more to whatever they are doing, go through the records any work related injuries or any other things that would have taken place at your work. After collecting this information, go through them and analyse the data figuring out what might be of high-risk activity and direct you to take steps to modify it.
As you collect data you might come across a problem of measuring the data there are many tools online that help you with your ergonomic assessment. Once you chose the type of tool you want, use this to perform your evaluation.
Collecting Subjective Data
Walking around the work area in order to receive any information about the possible risks is very important. See how the workers work do you see them having difficulty with watching the screen, do you see them having a problem with their seats, strike a conversation with them and ask some questions like if they get tired easily when performing their work, or if they have experienced any pain while doing their work and ask them for suggestions that would aid them to work better and with much comfort.
Once you have collected the subjective data use the ergonomic assessment tool to finish the objective evaluation and analyse the data for the risk and develop strategies and plan to overcome these difficulties and implement them.