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Ergonomic Risk Assessment

Ergonomic Risk Assessment (ERA)

Ergonomic Risk Assessment (ERA) is an assessment conducted to identify health issues among employees by assessing the ergonomic risk factors at the workplace and recommending practicable control measures to improve the employees’ health condition. Every workplace should conduct ERA to ensure employees may work productively without being exposed to any ergonomics risk factors. How does Ergonomic Risk Assessment work?

Here’s the information we need to know about Ergonomic Risk Assessment (ERA):

Let’s understand more about Ergonomic Risk Assessment at the workplace.

An Ergonomic Trained Person (ETP) conducting Ergonomic Risk Assessment (ERA)
Ergonomic Risk Assessment conducted by Certified Ergonomic Trained Person

What is Ergonomic Risk Assessment?

Ergonomic Risk Assessment (ERA) is an assessment conducted by an Ergonomic Trained Person (ETP) to identify ergonomics risk factors through observation and evaluation of job behaviors / work environment and the risk of exposure to employees’ health. A complete ERA report with proper control measures can be used as a guide and communication tool to solve ergonomic-related issues, to educate employees on the possible risk exposure and to improve employees’ health and safety.

Types of Ergonomic Risk Assessment?

Ergonomic Risk Assessment consists of two (2) types which are Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment (IERA) and Advanced Ergonomic Risk Assessment (AERA).

1. Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment

Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment is the first stage of an ergonomic risk assessment conducted to identify and determine any significant ergonomics risk factors that may present at the workplace.

An initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment needs to be conducted if there are;

  1. Any ergonomics hazards or risk factors identified during the screening process; or

  2. Any ergonomics-related complaints among workers; or

  3. When it is requested by Occupational Health Doctor (OHD) or relevant authorities such as DOSH.

2. Advanced Ergonomic Risk Assessment

Advanced Ergonomic Risk Assessment is conducted after the initial ergonomic risk assessment and the adequacy of existing control measures is reviewed. The main purpose of advanced ergonomic risk assessment is to gather specific / more information on the risk factors present, to determine the priority for ergonomics improvements and to assess the level of each risk factor by using the specific different methods such as RULA, REBA, MAC, OCRA, ROSA and others.

Why is Ergonomic Risk Assessment important?

The benefits of Ergonomic Risk Assessment are:

  • Productivity & efficiency: Employees in better health are more likely to increase productivity and efficiency resulting in increased production / output quality

  • Safety culture: Create a risk-free and safe work environment for the employees

  • Health: Prevent any health issues due to ergonomics-related risks, injuries, fatigue, Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) or etc.

  • Reduce costs: Reduce compensation costs and medical expenses due to sickness, injuries, or accidents at the workplace

  • Job satisfaction: Better performance and job satisfaction at the workplace

An ergonomic risk assessment conducted at construction site
Ergonomic Risk Assessment at Workplace

Our professional Ergonomic Trained Person (ETP) can provide the best Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment (IERA) services based on the Guidelines on Ergonomic Risk Assessment at Workplace 2017 for you. Contact us at 013-2419000 or email [email protected] now.


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