You may have heard the term ‘ergonomics’. In some industries, such as major hazards, defence and transport, ergonomics is also called ‘human factors’. Ergonomics is a science concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work. It puts people first, taking account of their capabilities and limitations. Ergonomics aims to make sure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment fit each worker. Some of the most common know assessments are DSE or Display Screen Equipment Regs 1992. Upper limb disorders, repetitive strain injuries etc.
Applying ergonomics to the workplace can:
■ reduce the potential for accidents;
■ reduce the potential for injury and ill health;
■ improve performance and productivity.
A range of tools can be used in the workplace to assesses risk factors, these can be further designed to look at bespoke needs related to the business operations.