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What Is a Workstation Assessment?


    • A workstation assessment analyzes a worker and his environment; the process is also called ergonomics. The assessment includes the physical arrangement of the workstation, such as computer and keyboard placement, chair setup and work surfaces.


    • Other factors considered in a workstation assessment are: noise levels, lighting and equipment. The assessment is designed to help make a workspace "fit" the person working in it, not the other way around.


    • Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common work-related injuries occurring among people assigned to workstations. Arranging the workspace to fit the person and not the office prevents many of these injuries.


    • Once a workstation assessment is complete, implement the changes and recommendations as soon as possible to increase productivity and promote a healthy work environment.


    • A workstation assessment should be completed every six months to one year or as tasks are added or eliminated from an employee's duties.

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