Ergonomic Risk Assessment
An Ergonomic Risk Assessment is an in-depth quantitative assessment that identifies the risk factors and level of risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in a job. Risk assessments are usually conducted when there is a history of MSD claims or workers report discomfort or have concerns about the physical demands of a job.
A Kinetic Kare Certified Ergonomist conducts the ergonomic risk assessment of the job or job task(s) in the work environment.
Who can benefit?
Workers and organizations can benefit from conducting ergonomic risk assessments. The risk assessment helps organizations to prioritize areas that require immediate attention, and those that can be addressed at a later date.
How long does a risk assessment take?
The duration of the risk assessment varies, depending on the job.
What does an ergonomic risk assessment look like?
Each session begins with an interview. The ergonomist conducts an interview with the organization to gain an understanding of the essential job tasks and concerns.
The next step is to observe a worker performing the job, and to collect data.
· Photos and video, a tape measure, force gage and weigh scale are used to document postures and job demands
The last part of the risk assessment includes comparing findings to ergonomic assessment tools.
· Tools include REBA (Rapid Entire Body Assessment), RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment), Liberty Mutual Manual Handling Tables (Snook tables), ANSI guidelines, Strain Index, and the NIOSH lifting equation.
· Pre-meeting with supervisor, manager or main contact
· On-site risk assessment
· A report summarizes the main hazards identified, the level of risk for MSD, and recommendations to mitigate the hazards.