The purpose of these assessments is to assist in the maintenance and development of safe work place practices, focusing on the biomechanical risks to workers.
The format for these assessments includes:
- Assessing each task
- Taking a brief history of injuries/ DPI relation to task
- Observation of staff member/s working
- Observation of how the staff relate to their work environment
- Undertaking any necessary analysis i.e. utilize video, photography and analyse using various ergonomic assessments for biomechanical risks
The risks are identified and explored and control options considered, including:
Engineering Controls ie;
- Workstation redesign i.e. work height adjustments, reach adjustments, location of supplies and equipment
- Tool and handle design or redesign
- Environmental design i.e. temperature, humidity, air quality, chemicals, toxins, vibration, lighting, noise, force (weight)
Administrative Controls ie:
Decisions made by management intended to reduce the duration, frequency, and severity of exposure to existing hazards.
Work Practice Controls i.e.
- Adhering to PPE/ safety protocols
- Training in safe biomechanical techniques
A report is provided indicating whether issues need to be addressed, rated in urgency i.e. very high – needs action now to negligible – no action necessary.