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 either:
- 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 and can also be undertaken as a preventative measure to avoid further injuries.
Types of workstations:
- Computer/ desk
- Laboratory benches
- Industrial benches/ stations
- Work cars/ vehicles