Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their workers from harm. This means addressing factors that can lead to discomfort, pain and injury.
Many of us during our life can experience discomfort associated with the work that we undertake. Ongoing discomfort, pain and injury in the workplace can decrease productivity, increase absenteeism and reduce morale.
A workstation can be evaluated for a number of reasons. The aim is to enable a better fit between the worker, the workstation and environment. This minimises the risk of developing discomfort, pain or injury.
A workstation assessment is generally undertaken to evaluate the set up and ensure it is ergonomically correct for new employees. For injured workers, it is to correct any flaws in the workstation design. It can also be undertaken as a preventative measure to avoid further injuries.
Your computer is just one type of workstation. Other workstations can include laboratory benches, industrial settings and even work cars.