Poor working postures, repetitive tasks and heavy workloads can lead to increased risk of workplace injuries. An ergonomic workplace assessment can identify these risk factors by using a variety of data capture and risk assessment tools.
By undertaking an ergonomic workplace assessment, COPE can assist you reducing the risk of injuries and accidents to your employees, improve productivity and improve organisational wellbeing.
Why Undertake An Ergonomic Workplace Assessment?
By performing an Ergonomic assessment, your business can benefit from:
- Prevent costly litigation
- Comply with health and Safety citations
- Decrease injury risk, error rates and lost working days
- Increase efficiency and productivity
- Provides a fast assessment that offers practical solutions
What does an Ergonomic Assessment Consist Of?
COPE will send a skilled Chartered Ergonomist to conduct a detailed workplace ergonomics survey or assessment using appropriate and relevant risk analysis tools. These tools include assessment tools like:
- RULA – Rapid Upper Limb assessment
- REBA – Rapid Entire Body assessment
- MAC – Manual Handling Assessment Charts
- ART – Assessment of Repetitive upper limb Tasks
The ergonomist will then present the findings in a written report and identify wider issues for further study. The recommend ergonomic interventions are prioritised by “most gain/least cost”.
We can also assist with implementation of changes either by the organisation itself or with additional input from engineers, designers, industrial hygienists, etc. Help with ongoing trials and evaluation of effectiveness of improvements.
Previous projects and clients
Task assessments for Overhead Linesmen using Hand tools and ladders:
Linesmen using heavy hand tools and climbing gear often report discomfort in using certain tools. COPE provided an ergonomist to assist a major utilities group in formulating safe protocols for using roof ladders, as well as usability testing on a variety of different hand tools.
Posture assessments of Weavers using industrial weaving looms:
Weaving looms require operators to assume various awkward postures and use repetitive actions to complete their work. COPE provided an Ergonomist to assess and score the postures and tasks using Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) and Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) and the Manual Handling Assessment Chart (MAC) to formulate solutions to the reported discomfort. Solutions included tasks rotation, physiotherapy posture aides.
Manual Handling of Laundry Staff and Risk assessment of MSD’s of Massage staff at Famous Holiday Resort:
Laundry staff is required to lift heavy linen bags using awkward postures and Sauna staff use a number of repetitive techniques when perfuming their range of massages. COPE provided an Ergonomistand Physiologists to assess Manual Handling operations and performed a postural analysis. Recommendations included Manual Handling aids, training and alternative techniques and posture to avoid WRMSD’s.
Ergonomic assessment of a safety critical control room:
COPE assessed a newly commissioned Oil and Gas plant. The assessment consisted of informal interviews with control room operators, physical environment measurements, workstation assessments, Scenario walk-through and an assessment of HCI. An impact assessment was made on each of the issues reported and an impact score from no Human Factors impact to Unacceptable Human Factors Impact were presented to the customer together with recommendations for improvement. All recommendations presented were supported by Human Factors best practice and International Standards and Regulations.
Contact us today for more details on how our Ergonomics expertise can help your business.