Office Ergonomics Evaluations
Ergonomics 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. The following activities are involved in performing an office ergonomics evaluation:
- Employee will be asked to outline a typical workday and to discuss any discomfort or workstation concerns (ECNC Office ErgoProfile).
- The ergonomist will then observe the employee performing typical tasks and may take measurements or digital photographs of the workstations. Additional information gathered may include posture and task analysis, and risk assessments.
- Any adjustments to the workstation while the ergonomist is on-site will be made and noted in the report. Each employee will also receive a Quick Reference Guide to Office Ergonomics during the evaluation. This handout serves as a reminder of the topics discussed during the onsite evaluation.
- 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. Attempts to use existing equipment will be made prior to recommending any new equipment. Recommendations will be made as specifically as possible given the individual employee, but will remain consistent across the site.