Ergonomic Assessment of Workstations
Complaints about backaches, eye strain, hand-ache or cases of musculoskeletal disorders may indicate inadequate initial design of the sites and workstations of a workplace.
In such cases, the equipment must be ergonomically assessed and subsequent interventions should be performed.
Ergonomia’s experienced ergonomists with high qualifications and knowledge are capable of providing substantial support in the selection process or the evaluation of work equipment, office furniture, workplaces, buildings suitability and software usability assessment.
The evaluation of existing workstations and workplaces applied when compliance is pursued with specific standards, as derived from regulations, legislation or standards.
The aim of the evaluation of existing workstations and workplaces is to create proposals for their improvement.
- Evaluation of Office Furniture and other Office Equipment.
- Evaluation of Industrial Equipment, Tools and Work Support Systems.
- Ergonomic Assessment and layout of Workstations.
- Evaluation of the Workplaces. Workplace Ergonomics Auditing.
- Environmental conditions (lighting, noise, thermal comfort, ventilation)
- Assessment of the Heat Stress of Employee.
- Analysis Software Usability / Usability Assessment.
- Incorporation of ergonomic standards and specifications in the selection of equipment.
- The assessment of factors such as the end-users anthropometric data, their skills and other relevant characteristics identified during the Ergonomics Analysis.
- The early identification of problems (prior to the selection or the implementation of a design) and the recommendation of remedial actions.
- The support of the Selection or Design Team and suggestions of alternative solutions or improvements.
Ergonomic Design of Workstations
When designing new workstations and sites, the aesthetic or the economic should not be the only criteria when selecting equipment. If employees do not feel comfortable, complaints, strains and injuries will certainly arise. And if this happens the equipment should be assessed and probably replaced.
The ergonomic analysis of the workplace requirements (e.g. evaluation of the Coca-Cola HCB office furniture), the development of ergonomics standards, the design and procurement of equipment that meets ergonomics criteria as well as the aesthetic embodiment of the designs in the wider character of each business (e.g. the design of office furniture for Vodafone’s V-shops) result to an exceptional cost-benefit relation that minimizes the economic risk of potential failures in the selection process, leads to a safe and comfortable environment and maximizes the acceptance and satisfaction by employees.
Ergonomic design achieves:
- Safety and health protection of employees, e. the prevention of accidents and adverse effects that work can have on employees’ health.
- Reducing the working burden: body (muscle fatigue), mental and psychological (stress).
- Reducing or eliminating constraints- constraints that usually require work.
- Increasing interest and job satisfaction.
If the above are applied, improvement in performance, effectiveness and working efficiency (productivity) are achieved. That's why ergonomics design is highly economic reciprocity (return on investment) for the company.
The ergonomics design is proposed to be carried out in the primary design of a building, room, or post. The result is maximized when cooperation with the project design team (architects, production engineers, etc.) is ensured.
Staff and partners of Ergonomia have expertise and specific studies on the subject, making Ergonomia -perhaps- the only company in Greece that applies the Ergonomics Design.
- Office Furniture Design and other Office Equipment.
- Industrial Design of Equipment, Tools and Support Devices.
- Design / Redesign & Improvement of workstations.
- Design / Redesign Workplaces, Offices and Industrial Services.
- Reduced economic risk due to equipment selection failures.
- Increased worker acceptance and satisfaction of the selected equipment.
- Increased productivity and comfort at work.
- Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.
Ergonomic intervention projects
Some of the participatory intervention projects for improving workstations and workplaces undertaken by Ergonomia are:
- VODAFONE: Ergonomic study and design of furniture in shops.
- VODAFONE: Ergonomic evaluation of the workstations in retail shops.
- ENISA: Ergonomic pre-assessment of organization’s Headquarters in Crete.