Ergonomics is “the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment” (Oxford English Dictionary)

31 million days of work were lost in the UK last year to back, neck and muscle problems. According to the Office for National Statistics (BBC Business News – 25 February 2014).

Although the country’s workforce has largely swapped heavy manual labour for sitting in offices, musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions have been the primary cause of absenteeism for the past 5 years, with the UK having the highest rates in Europe.

Strict health and safety legislation has reduced injuries in heavy manual workers. Most desk bound workers however are not addressing their health risks.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 state that there is a legal requirement for employers to undertake work station assessments for computers users and to provide them with information about the risks of prolonged computer use.

Unfortunately this usually consists of an online self assessment which is rather generic and may not relate to the persons job description or environment.

IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYEE, AN EMPLOYER OR SELF-EMPLOYED, BESPOKE WORK STATION ASSESSMENTS (WSA) FROM US MAY HELP.

Benefits of a work station assessment:

  • risks can be identified.
  • action can be taken.
  • specialist advice and osteopathic management may help to reduce costs and increase productivity by reducing time off work with musculoskeletal pain.

What to expect from a work station assessment:

  1. Outline of regulations and employer requirements.
  2. Basic anatomy, mechanism of injury and potential risks of prolonged computer use.
  3. Principles of good posture and seating.
  4. Advise correct work station set up, chair controls, screen location, use of document holders and footrests.

For further information or to book a Work Station Assessment please contact us on 01342 823722 or email admin@froc.co.uk