To book in an ergonomic assessment, please contact us on (02) 4929 3898 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can typically have an ergonomic assessment in Newcastle completed in 1-2 business days.
What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the design and configuration of workstations to fit the people who use them. An ergonomic assessment will take into account all of the attributes of the individual (e.g., height, weight, posture, habits, injury history, preferences, etc.) and then setup the workstation to make the environment as safe, efficient and comfortable as possible.
Why is ergonomics important?
Ergonomics is a cornerstone of workplace health. Many of us spend upwards of 90% of our workday sitting at a workstation. Spending such a prolonged period of time in any position is inherently problematic for the body. Spending thousands of hours per year sitting with a poor posture is a sure-fire recipe for injury.
It’s not just posture, though. Most of us are required to perform numerous repetitive tasks throughout the day, whether it’s typing, using a mouse, picking up the phone, referencing documents, or whatever else. How we perform these tasks matters.
It’s not that we’re likely to experience an injury doing something once, twice, or ten times. It’s on the thousandth repetition, when our muscles are weary and our brains fatigued, that injuries often occur. Doing a task in the most efficient manner (biomechanically speaking) reduces the load on our muscles, joints and ligaments, making injury a far less likely occurrence.
Work-related injuries are a huge cost to all involved. Businesses ultimately pay for work-related injuries through substantial increases in insurance premiums, but also need to account for lost productivity and management costs. At an individual level, work-related injuries can cause significant pain, stress and financial hardship. Prevention is always better than cure!
Why choose Peak Physio for ergonomic assessments in Newcastle?
Our physiotherapists have extensive experience in ergonomics and are experts in injury prevention. While some treat ergonomics as a box-ticking exercise, we believe it is one of the most important investments a business can make in their employees’ health. We have practitioners available with over 10 years of corporate health consulting experience, so you know you’ll be getting the highest level of service.
What does an ergonomic assessment with Peak Physio include?
- One on one consultation with the worker
- Full workstation assessment conducted by a physiotherapist
- Discussion with the employer to cover any recommendations or concerns
- Comprehensive ergonomic assessment report
Will we need to buy new ergonomic equipment?
It may be advisable in some cases to offer additional equipment to employees to improve their ergonomics. Our aim is to always create an excellent ergonomic environment with the currently available equipment and to only prescribe equipment where it is reasonable and necessary to do so. Our physiotherapist will discuss any equipment prescriptions with the employer first to ensure recommendations are appropriate and feasible.
If you have any other questions in relation to ergonomic assessments in the Newcastle region, please don’t hesitate to contact us.