One of the biggest contributors to injuries in the tertiary education sector is in the area of ergonomics.
Ergonomics encompasses a range of elements, including the interface between the employee and the job, and considers factors such as:
Ergonomics examines the relationship between a person and the elements of their workplace associated with the task at hand. Ergonomics can apply to three levels of activity in the workplace:
Ergonomic workstations assessments can be beneficial and help reduce the risk of injury by taking into account the workstation design, workplace design and job design to ensure best practices are in place.
The goal of a workstation assessment is to assess you at your workstation, to identify potential problem areas, and to determine suitable amendments and recommendations that can be made.
The assessment will take into consideration fundamental ergonomic principles to make your workstation layout more comfortable for you.
You should consider a workstation assessment if you:
Different types of workstation assessments available include:
The self-assessment checklist is a free tool available for all employees to assess their own workstation. The self-assessment form and guidelines can be found here:
The Health, Safety and Environment Unit can provide workstation assessments for employees. A workstation assessment with the JCU Injury Prevention and Management Advisor is free of charge to employees, and should be considered if an employee has completed the self-assessment form and would like further assessment. To request an assessment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
An external assessment can be arranged by contacting the JCU Injury Prevention and Management Advisor. An external assessment would only usually be arranged under special circumstances and is not a common practice. For further information, please contact email@example.com.
If it has been identified that an external assessment would be beneficial, the cost of the assessment will be payable by the employee's business unit. Specific furniture or items for your workstation must also be covered by the employee's business unit if deemed necessary. It is the responsibility of the employee's business unit to purchase such items.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Health, Safety and Environment Unit for further information or assistance:
Injury Prevention and Management Advisor
Phone (07) 4781 6182