fbpx

How to Build an Ergonomics Program

THE PROBLEM…

Typically, when I ask businesses if they have an ergonomics program they say ‘yes’. “When someone has an issue like a bad back or is uncomfortable with their equipment, we call you, Kirsty.”

Well that’s great but that isn’t a program, it’s a component of the program!

The biggest problem I find is ergonomics is seen as merely a health and safety issue and not part of the annual business strategy! No-one has usually allocated the budget for ergonomics.

Sometimes it comes out of a specific team’s budget; the facilities budget, the HR budget, or the health and safety budget, and if the issue gets some real traction it may go up to the CFO for approval.

It’s very time consuming having to fight for resources when all that employee needs is a bit of education, and perhaps the odd person an alternative product. That person is left hanging for weeks and sometimes months with their discomfort getting worse and worse and their productivity going down the drain. Not only that but they are also probably annoying half the team by complaining about their bad back or sore wrist.

Read more

What questions to ask when looking for a new chair.

What questions to ask when looking for a new chair.

Over the last couple of years, there has been this influx of sit to stand desks out in the workplace market. Why? Well much research has been published to suggest that sitting is bad so of course if sitting is bad the obvious thing to do is create a product that...

read more
Noise Cancelling Headphones – Something to think about.

Noise Cancelling Headphones – Something to think about.

I bought these noise cancelling headphones about a month ago. Mainly because I travel so much and planes can be really noisy places. I have to say they are one of the best investments I've made in a while. Not cheap but worth it. If you aren't aware by now I got back...

read more
Tips from a Frequent Flyer

Tips from a Frequent Flyer

Many of you won't know this but even though I hold a British passport, I was born in Mauritius and spent my childhood there until about 12 years old. I haven't been back in 10 years due to studying, working and travelling to other parts of the world but hoping to be...

read more
I am an ergonomist and I have a bad back

I am an ergonomist and I have a bad back

Hello, my name is Kirsty. I'm an ergonomist and I have a bad back. Oh, the irony!!! On Monday this week I was casually walking down my stairs at home carrying a plate that I was bringing to the kitchen. There were about 8 steps to go and that’s the last I know until I...

read more
Is your desk the right height?

Is your desk the right height?

Last week I was working in a law firm conducting ergonomic training as part of their new office move and a few people kept asking for their desks to be raised higher. For context these people were all under 5’8” tall. I was slightly baffled by this as the standard...

read more
Surviving the Office Frost

Surviving the Office Frost

We all know when it comes to temperatures in the office there is always a battle of whether it's too cold or too warm. It seems apt to post this now given the lovely heatwave we are having in the UK at the moment. I can only imagine the air conditioner’s in the office...

read more