An individual workstation assessment is a detailed risk assessment of an employee’s office workstation which is often conducted if a person is experiencing discomfort or has sustained an injury.
- Individual workstation assessments are aimed at identifying risk factors at the workstation that may cause injury and finding preventative solutions to these problems.
- Analysis of all aspects of the workstation – chair, desk, monitor, keyboard, mouse and the placement of these at the workstation.
- Analysis of the employee – job requirements and their working posture.
- Discussion of rest and stretch breaks throughout the day to minimise injuries.
- Recommendations including any ergonomic office equipment that may be required.
A report is formulated following the assessment and this will be provided to human resources for evaluation.Workstation assessments can be conducted on an individual basis as well as a proactively.
Proactive workstation assessments enable an organisation to ensure that their employees are set up at their workstation in a safe and correct manner. They usually involve a shorter assessment and more concise report.
“8 out of 10 people who use a computer will suffer a soft tissue injury as as direct result of using a computer.” Comcare