The purpose of an ergonomic assessment is to help you understand the connection between people and their work environment. The assessment can help improve work quality, productivity, and profitability by triggering the change of certain processes and work practices.
Ergonomic assessments are valuable when a problem has been recognized and the company is willing to solve it. Some of the common reasons a firm may benefit from an ergonomic assessment include having injured or symptomatic workers or reports of employees having difficulties when performing a particular job task. An ergonomic assessment may also be useful if a company is planning a large equipment purchase or workspace redesign.
NOTE: The time required to conduct the assessment depends on firm size and complexity.
Having a detailed Job Demands Analysis (JDA) for each type of position within your organization is valuable because of its many applications. Here is a list of some of the applications of a JDA.
- Determining potential job modifications in the event of a worker suffering an occupational injury or illness
- Assisting with pre-employment screening
- Assisting with claims management (WSIB appeals, disputes regarding work-relatedness of an injury, questions of job suitability, etc.)
- Acts as a good screening tool to help identify where to start with ergonomic interventions
A JDA is conducted through observing the job at hand and informal interviews with the worker. The analysis covers all of the demands on the worker, including essential duties and non-essential duties, physical demands, cognitive demands, perceptual demands, shift work issues, environmental impact, equipment interaction, workstation/work parameters, and social interactions.
NOTE: The time required to conduct the analysis depends on firm size and complexity.
Safety meetings are ad-hoc presentations that are customized to a specific firm’s needs. They are generally developed and delivered as an inhouse presentation by the local health and safety consultant. They usually last a maximum of two hours. These meetings are specific to transportation-related safety issues such as vehicle inspection overviews, safe winter driving, or logbook overviews.
Symptoms Surveys are designed to gain a better understanding of any pain or discomfort that workers may experience during their workday. This type of information can help an organization identify potential problem work areas before lost-time, medical, or first-aid claims develop. It also helps identify workstations or job tasks that may need changes. If conducted before and after, Symptoms Surveys can help an organization evaluate the success of any new implementations.
IHSA consultants also offer health and safety auditing services. For more info, visit the Auditing page.