Ergonomics is often referred to as “Human Factors” and can be described as the science of fitting tasks to the human body. Ergonomics focuses on the design of workstations, tools, equipment and work tasks in order to improve safety, efficiency and comfort.
Injuries resulting from the poor ergonomic design of workstations, tools, equipment and work tasks may affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves and discs and are often referred to as Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) and Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs).
Common ergonomic risk factors in the workplace may include, amongst others, the following:
- Awkward body postures such as maintaining an unnatural, unsupported or fixed posture such as bending, reaching or twisting for prolonged periods of time.
- Excessive repetition such as repeating the same motions over and over again.
- Excessive force, for example, physical exertion or pressure on any part of the body while lifting, pushing, pulling equipment or gripping a tool.
- Contact stress resulting from pressure by tools, edges or hard surfaces on soft tissues of the human body.
- Vibration from the operation of vibrating equipment.
We can assist your business to improve the ergonomic design of workstations, tools and work tasks to reduce the risk of discomfort and injuries presented to employees and, by-so-doing, increase job satisfaction and productivity.
OCSA makes use of recognised workplace assessment methodologies to accurately identify and prioritise ergonomic risk factors in the workplace, as well as offer practical, easy to implement, ergonomic interventions to eliminate, reduce and / or control the risk of injury presented to employees.