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To conduct an Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment, it is important to gather as much relevant information on the work tasks before evaluating each ergonomic risk factor that may present and contribute to hazards or potential risks at the workplace. The most important aspects of the assessment are:

• Musculoskeletal discomfort screenings and assessment

• Walkthrough survey of the work environment in the selected work unit

• Complete report for Ergonomic Risk Assessment

Interview session with workers for Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment
Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment

Tools Used to Conduct Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment

Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment is conducted by an Ergonomic Trained Person (ETP) based on the Guidelines of Ergonomics Risk Assessment at the Workplace 2017. The guidelines provided a complete assessment checklist for all ergonomics risk factors to assess the workplace.

To conduct Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment, the ETP will conduct interviews, observation and analysis including:

Employee Feedback and Observations

Task Analysis

Workstation Evaluation

Interview Session for Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment
Interview Session for Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment

Employee Feedback and Observations:

  • During the Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment, employees who perform the tasks will be interviewed to gather information on any discomfort, pain, or issues that they may experience during work.

  • The employees will be observed while working to identify potential ergonomic concerns that can cause ergonomic symptoms such as musculoskeletal discomfort, fatigue or etc.

Task Analysis:

  • The crucial part of conducting an Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment is to assess the tasks performed in the work area and the frequency of the tasks.

  • During the assessment, the tasks performed by the employees will be analysed to identify their physical requirements for each task such as repetitive movements, forceful exertions, awkward posture and sustained posture with the duration of the task needed to be completed.

  • The tools, equipment or machinery involved in the tasks will also be observed.

Workstation Evaluation:

  • In the Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment (INERA), there will be an evaluation of the design and layout of each workstation including the desk and chair configurations, the height and position of the computer monitor, the placement of the keyboard and mouse and any other relevant equipment used by employees while working.

  • This is to ensure the adjustability and suitability of the furniture and equipment are appropriate for different types of body and posture.

  • The right lighting conditions and other relevant environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, noise levels, and ventilation will also be evaluated at the workstations. This is because an improper environment at the workstation may cause distractions or stress to workers.

Workstation evaluation in initial ergonomic risk assessment
Ergonomic Risk Assessment

What do we provide?

To assist employers in ensuring a healthier working environment, our Ergonomic Trained Persons (ETP) are ready to consult and serve an Initial Ergonomic Risk Assessment services for you based on the Guidelines on Ergonomic Risk Assessment at Workplace 2017. Contact us at 013-2419000 or email [email protected] now. We will always be dedicated to help you.

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