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Common types of design assessments we conduct
- Packaging design
- Control panel design
- Furniture design
- Equipment design
- Workplace layout
- Building fitouts
Ergonomics is the application of psychological and physiological principles to the design of products, processes, and systems to ensure they are fit for use by the target users. Ergonomics can prevent injuries while increasing comfort and productivity for your workplace. Safetygap’s ergonomic services include manual handling risk management (manual handling risk assessment Melbourne), ergonomic design assessments, and ergonomic workstation assessments. Our qualified ergonomists are Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPE) with experience in a wide range of industries.
Manual Handling Risk Assessment Melbourne
The risk of injury from manual handling can occur in all workplaces. Manual handling is the physical motion of lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving, holding or restraining objects. Employers in all jurisdictions have a legal obligation to conduct manual handling risk assessments and are required to identify and control risks arising from hazardous manual handling. Manual handling can be hazardous if it involves:
- Repetitive movements
- Repeated, sustained or high force
- Sustained awkward posture
- Sustained vibration
- Unstable, unbalanced or difficult to hold objects
Identifying hazardous manual handling processes or motions can be complex due to various factors. Our risk management service involves a thorough evaluation of the process or motion using proven methodology. Our assessment of the risk is conducted using quantitative data with consideration for the following factors:
- Frequency of motion
- Duration of motion
- Distance of object reach
- Height of source object location
- Amount of force / vibration
- Height of destination object location
- Travel distance
- Average weight of object
- Workspace dimensions
- Degree of twisting
- Maximum weight of object
- The nature of the hand grip with the object
- Object dimensions
Safetygap’s manual handling risk assessment can pinpoint the precise factor(s) which can cause hazardous manual handling and provide recommendations to control the risk using ergonomic principles.
Ergonomic Design Assessments
Ergonomic design assessments are an evaluation of the ergonomic properties of a design in relation to its purpose and its targeted users. Incorporating ergonomic principles in the design of equipment, plant, products, structures, and work environment can be essential in preventing injuries. For example, an assessment of the ergonomic design of a simple item such as a packaging box, would include consideration for the following:
- Dimensions of the box – If the length of the box is too long it will cause the arms of the user to be further away from their body, which may cause strains during handling. If the height of the box is too high it may cause poor neck postures during handling.
- Dimension and location of handles – Boxes with no handles or poorly located handles may cause poor hand and arm postures during handling.
- Material of the box – The material of the box can impact the comfort of the grip with the hand. Uncomfortable materials may cause poor postures during handling.
Safetygap’s ergonomists conduct ergonomic design assessments on products, equipment, plant, structures, and work environment. We provide a detailed ergonomic evaluation of the design and provide recommendations for improvement.
Ergonomic Workstation Assessments
Ergonomic workstation assessments are an evaluation on the users of a workstation to ensure the workstation is ergonomically optimised for their use. Optimised ergonomic workstations can facilitate optimal postures and prevent injuries. Safetygap conduct ergonomic workstation assessments on a range of workstations including;
- Seated office workstations
- Standing office workstations
- Industrial workstations
- Mobile workstations
Safetygap’s service includes a documented layout of the optimised workstation for the users, which can be used as a reference for future use.