ergonomics 1DEFINITION :

 Ergonomics concerns itself with fitting the job to the person rather than the person to the job. 


Back strain and work related upper limb disorders are on the increase.  Together they account for up to 50% of Employers Liability compensation awards.  This is not to mention less obvious costs such as absenteeism, job re-organisation, administration downtime etc.  As employee awareness and production demands increase so to will claims under headings such as cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) or repetitive strain injury (RSI).  In annual reporting of prescribed industrial diseases, musculoskeletal disorders represented by far the highest single problem).


The CRC Risk Consultant will :


  • ergonomics 3Carry out a systematic evaluation of management policy and procedures in relation to manual handling operations and workstation design. 
  • Encourage and train employees at workstations to get involved in the assessment process and subsequent improvements in design and procedures.  Involvement will enhance ownership and contribute to compliance. 
  • Suggest alternative work methods and/or engineering solutions.
  • Advise on job rotation and versatility training to avoid repetitive type injuries.
  • Identify particularly problematical areas needing specialist help.
  • Carry out manual handling and office assessments.
  • Assist with behaviour observations and modifications. 


Client will reduce potential for industrial disease and accidents.  Assessments will help compliance with legislation.  Employee morale and production will improve.

LAW : 

Workplace Regulations 2007, which require that workstations and seating, must fit the worker and the work. 

Manual Handling Regulations 2007 require assessment and training with a view to minimising risk.  

VDU regulations 2007 require detailed assessments of workstation together with appropriate instruction and training .


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