According to The Prince’s Responsible Business Network 31 million working days are lost per year due to musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions such as back pain, neck pain and arm pain.

The large majority of these conditions are caused by poor posture and subtle repetitive movements during the working day such as reaching for your mouse or sitting forwards in your chair.

We can help prevent these lost days and therefore lost revenue by carrying out an assessment of the workstation/s.

A workstation assessment performed by a qualified physiotherapist with specialist ergonomic training will include the following.

  • Discussion with the client regarding any musculoskeletal or other workstation related problems
  • Analysis of the client’s posture whilst working
  • Analysis of movement during work such as using the mouse and keyboard
  • Analysis of the working environment which includes the surrounding temperature, ventilation, lighting
  • From this analysis we can identify areas of poor posture and poor movement patterns
  • We will address these by adjusting the workstation, for example adjust the chair, change the monitor height
  • Advice and reasons for posture changes
  • Advice on taking breaks during the day
  • Provide with exercises if appropriate
  • Provide recommendations for specialist equipment if required such as a different mouse

We have extensive knowledge of ergonomic products that are on the market and can make independent recommendations for equipment if required.

We provide a variety of workstation assessment services:

All assessments are compliant with the Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations 1992. Under these Regulations it is a legal requirement for companies with more than 5 employees to provide workstation assessments for their employees.

Standard Assessment

This is for people who have not completed an assessment before (either company online assessment or face to face assessment). This can be for new members of staff or to assess a group of workers who haven’t been assessed before or have moved desks. This is not for people experiencing a musculoskeletal problem such as back pain.

Includes

  • Analysis of movement during work such as using the mouse and keyboard
  • Analysis of the working environment which includes the surrounding temperature, ventilation, lighting
  • Identification of areas of poor posture and poor movement patterns

These will be addressed by

  • Adjusting the workstation, for example adjust the chair, change the monitor height
  • Advice on posture or movement change
  • Advice on taking breaks during the day

Report

Completed DSE regulation compliant checklist with basic report and recommendations if appropriate.

Musculoskeletal assessment

This is a more detailed assessment for someone with a musculoskeletal condition, such as back pain, repetitive strain injury, neck pain etc.

Includes

  • Discussion with the client regarding the musculoskeletal problem
  • Analysis of the client’s posture at the workstation
  • Analysis of movement during work such as using the mouse and keyboard
  • Analysis of the working environment which includes the surrounding temperature, ventilation, lighting and check compliance for DSE regulations
  • Discussion re eyesight and recent eye checks
  • From the analysis we can identify areas of poor posture and poor movement patterns which may be contributing to the musculoskeletal problem

We will address this by

  • Adjusting the workstation, for example adjust the chair, change the monitor height
  • Advice on posture and movement changes
  • Advice on the frequency of breaks during the day
  • Advice regarding ways of alleviating the pain and provide with exercises if appropriate
  • Provide recommendations for specialist equipment if required such as a different mouse or keyboard

Report

The more detailed report than the Standard Assessment with assessment findings, adjustments made during the assessment, advice given and equipment recommendations.

Assessments can be booked for an individual or a group of people.

For more information about our workstation assessment service or for a quotation please contact maria@thephysiocompany.co.uk or call us on 020 73858535