An ergonomics assessment is a process of assessing the ergonomic risk factors in a workplace. It is used to identify potential ergonomic hazards and recommend solutions to mitigate these risks. Ergonomic assessments can be conducted by trained ergonomists, occupational health and safety professionals, or other qualified individuals.
The ergonomics assessment process typically includes the following steps:
- Identify ergonomic hazards in the workplace
- Evaluate the risks associated with these hazards
- Recommend solutions to mitigate these risks
- Implement the recommended solutions
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented solutions
Ergonomic assessments are important tools in preventing ergonomic injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs are a leading cause of lost workdays and workers’ compensation claims in the United States, and ergonomic hazards are a major contributor to these injuries. By identifying and addressing ergonomic risks in the workplace, employers can help reduce the incidence of MSDs and improve worker safety and health.