Ergonomic assessments are often conducted when an individual is experiencing pain, discomfort or other health concerns with their job demands. An ergonomic assessment analyses present working conditions to identify risk factors leading to injury. Overexertion, improper workstation layout and repetitive movements can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) which include strains and sprains of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints or nerves. These usually occur over time due to repeated exposure to certain risk factors. Musculoskeletal disorders including sprains and strains account for over 30% of workplace with lost-time injuries in Ontario. An ergonomic assessment can reduce the risk of these injuries by matching the demands of the job to the abilities of the worker through:
- Change in body position
- Using assistive devices or equipment
- Re-designing workstation layout to optimize performance
- Restructuring of work schedule
- Reviews of poliices and procedures
- Proper design of tools
Book an appointment with Dr. Shergill for your ergonomic assessment.