Although the term ergonomics has come to mean just environmental standards and equipment concerns in the occupational health community, I believe that an ergonomic evaluation should focus more on employee behavioral work methods and postural patterns.
I will come to your home or office and help you adjust your desk or work station so it better supports a neutral and efficient posture, thus reducing the risk for pain caused by musculoskeletal disorder. I can also take a look at your sleeping system or other furniture and make suggestions on how and where to make improvements to enhance comfort. I work with my clients' car seats on a regular basis to create a better design for the body positioning to avoid strain while driving.
I have many corporate clients as well as individuals. Working with some of Beaufort's top law and accounting firms, I have analyzed and corrected many work stations for employees who have previous injury or pain complaints. Each desk, chair, keyboard, monitor relationship needs to be adjusted to fit the individual proportions of the employee.
HOW WILL IT HELP ME?
Ergonomic workstation evaluations help employers recognize problems with a the layout or design that may be contributing to an employee's physical discomfort. As part of my evaluation, I observe the worker in their work environment as they perform various tasks. Then determine if any specific methods or habits are major contributors to postural strain. Adaptive measures, or changes in the employee's work methods that will help reduce musculoskeletal stress, will be recommended. Evaluations can lead to solutions that improve the employee's productivity, comfort and morale.
Every year, more workers lose time from work because of repetitive strain disorders, back and neck injuries. Employers are increasingly turning to ergonomics to reduce the cost of workers' compensation claims and lost productivity. LWC's Ergonomic Evaluation offers flexibility in selecting the solution that's right for each business. I can provide cushions and props to make adjustments to existing furniture and equipment, or I can suggest resources where new and better designs can be purchased.
People who work at a desk or computer for several hours a day may develop physical problems related to their jobs for many reasons. Workstations may be poorly designed and can cause physical problems, or some jobs may require repetitive performance of tasks. In many cases, employees have physical conditions that place them in a high-risk category, making them more susceptible to injury in the presence of a less than ideal set up. But in every case, the relationship between desk, chair, keyboard and monitor must be adjusted to fit the physical proportions of the individual at that work station.
An ergonomic evaluation of your workplace could be very beneficial for you or your company if you or your employees are engaged in:
Working at a computer three or more hours per day
Repeating the same movement over and over again
Holding the same posture for prolonged periods of time
Lifting or bending
Ergonomic Evaluations address the following areas:
Identify potential pain or injury risk factors
Improve workstation design and layout
Teach proper seating and posture, and instruct user on chair features
Review optimum keyboard and mouse placement and design
Recommend correct ergonomic equipment, document placement
and telephone posture to encourage a neutral body position
Discuss lighting issues and monitor glare
To learn more or to request an evaluation, contact 843-597-1010 or firstname.lastname@example.org