The Center utilizes a two-pronged approach in conducting industrial ergonomics evaluations. First, we employ our Industrial Screening Tool to both score and prioritize potentially significant concerns across jobs. Priorities are based upon the categorical rating of ten major body parts in terms of posture, motion and force. Three sub-categories are defined for each rating– Low, Moderate and High.
Once the screening is complete, our ergonomists use various methods of analysis to determine key stressor(s) and risk factors per job or task. Stressors are quantified and prioritized to assist in the development of appropriate controls. Specific analysis techniques may include biomechanical models, energy expenditure evaluations, time & motion studies, force measurement, postural analysis, and standardized evaluation tools (e.g. NIOSH lifting equation).
Our reports outline risk prioritization and primary concerns for the job(s) reviewed, and suggest practical solutions to remedy these concerns. Any recommendations provided by the Center are designed to meet task, process, production, and budgetary goals.
We can provide office ergonomics evaluations both onsite and remotely. Office evaluations are designed to analyze employees’ workstations and work methods in an attempt to correlate ergonomic stressors with the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. In an office setting, the evaluations generally revolve around the employee’s interaction with their computer workstation, including the chair, work surface, computer monitor, keyboard, mouse, and any other required equipment.
Once the evaluation is completed a report will be written detailing the physical stressors and concerns for each employee. A photo, task breakdown, and discomfort survey results are all included in this document. Possible solutions and recommendations corresponding to the concerns will also be recorded to assist in improving the workstation and work methods in a way that may decrease the risk of musculoskeletal disorder development.
If you work at home, or would like to have your workplace office evaluated remotely, you can get more information here.