Holistic Services Group offers workplace ergonomic assessments, office ergonomics training courses and online tools to help reduce injuries such as back pain, RSI, and OOS in your workplace. (Available in Sydney, Melbourne and throughout Australia.)
We can provide you with the following workplace ergonomics related services:
- Ergonomic assessments
- Ergonomics consultants
- Short ergonomic training programs for general staff
- Train your own in-house ergonomics specialists
- Ergonomic office design
Ergonomics is the science that looks at how people interact with their work environment, and seeks to optimise their health and wellbeing for the purpose of preventing injury & increasing productivity. 42% of all serious worker’s compensation claims are the result of sprain injury & strains of joints & adjacent muscles (Source: www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au).
Ergonomic Assessments and Consultants
Our office ergonomic consultants come to your workplace to conduct workstation assessments. They will ensure that employee workstations are set up in an ergonomically correct manner to minimise the risk of injury, reduce operator fatigue and discomfort, and thus maximise productivity.
Our ergonomic consultants are expert occupational therapists, physiotherapists and exercise physiologists who will look at the following:
- Equipment including chairs & phones
- Computers and computer setup
- Staff posture
- Physical work demands
- Stretches for injury prevention
As part of the ergonomic assessment, we will also look at any relevant work, health and safety (WHS/OHS) policies or guidelines that you have at your workplace. The output is a detailed set of reports including recommendations for each employee.
The ergonomic assessments are customisable, and will be tailored to suit your specific industry, your staff and their specific requirements.
Benefits of Workplace Ergonomic Assessments
We believe that conducting an ergonomic assessment is a vital component to your workplace health and wellness program, as this one-off process is a cost effective way of addressing one of the major causes of workplace injuries and workers compensation claims.
Many people aren’t aware that their headaches, neck pain and back pain may be caused by their poor sitting posture and workstation set up. Making ergonomic improvements will reduce the risks for MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders) and decrease their incidence in the workplace. Our formal report following the assessment helps employers to meet their duty of care as per the Work Health & Safety Act 2011.
In addition to safeguarding workers’ health and wellbeing, making the ergonomic improvements recommended by our assessment will also:
- increase concentration and productivity, as employees aren’t distracted by aches and pains
- decrease employee absenteeism
- decrease employee turnover
- lower workers compensation costs
- provide duty of care to employees
Our assessments regularly identify small improvements to workplace ergonomics that bring about measurable results.
We recommend maximising the benefits of your workplace ergonomic assessment by putting your staff through our 1 hour office ergonomics training course, conducted on-site at your workplace, followed with the workstation assessments later in the day. We also offer the option to create personalized stretch routines during the workstation assessments, as well as on-site physiotherapists which can be a proactive way to minimise workers compensation injuries, especially for manufacturing or construction-oriented industries.
Office Ergonomics Training Courses
Holistic Services Group offers office ergonomics training courses including “Comfortable Computing” and “Movement at Work“, which teach employees the correct way to sit comfortably in their chairs, as well as stretch break exercises which they can do at their workstation to alleviate the symptoms of prolonged sitting. Research shows that sitting without stretch breaks and improper posture increases rates of chronic disease.
Staff will learn how to maintain their health, good posture, and prevent injury both in the workplace and at home. This office ergonomics training course is ideal for anyone in the workplace who sits for prolonged periods of time.
Unfortunately, many people think the only alternative to slumping in your chair is sitting stiffly upright in an uncomfortable position, but our interactive ergonomics training courses show staff that there’s a better option. We’ll teach employees how to make whole body movements based on the natural design of the body, thus learning to sit with a relaxed, easy posture.
The sessions are based on the Feldenkrais Method, an educational system to reduce pain or limitations in movement, to improve physical function, and to promote general wellbeing by increasing awareness of one’s posture and movement. The movements are simple and relaxing, and can be practised by people of all ages and abilities.
The Comfortable Computing training course is available in several different packages depending on the needs of your workplace:
- Comfortable Computing Highlights training course
Up to 1 hour workshop
- Comfortable Computing Full training course
A series of 3 x 1 hour workshops.
- Comfortable Computing Downloadable MP3 training course
6 various 8 – 10 minute lessons which can be downloaded in MP3 format and used while sitting at your workstation. For maximum impact we recommend that your employees first attend one of our training workshops and then listen to the MP3 training course for review and practice at their desk. The full course of 6 MP3s can be purchased from as little as $75+GST.
This ergonomics training course covers the following topics:
- Free your spine
- The chair walk
- Discover your ribs
- Relaxed shoulders
- Turn and twist
- Lengthen the spine
Train the Trainer
Our ‘Train the Trainer’ Ergonomics Training workshop is an intensive and premium program for a very small group of staff who need to be able to conduct basic workstation assessments for your organisation. Participants may include:
- WH&S representatives
- HR team members
- Department managers
- Any employee requiring training in workstation setup
After completion, participants will have basic knowledge in the areas of WHS & Ergonomics, including the ability to:
- Understand how day-to-day office tasks affect the body and how to avoid potential injuries
- Recognise the importance of identifying and reporting assess office risk factors by measuring, observing and consulting with employees
- Assess a workstation and desk area and to discuss equipment set up requirements for staff
- Use ergonomic equipment/change work practices using the latest research and evidence-based practice
This knowledge can be applied in any workplace, and is particularly useful when relocating and on-boarding.
Our Health Focused Office Design will help you reduce workplace health and safety risks by implementing good ergonomic office design that may include sit-and-stand desks, functional break out areas, and elements that promote movement.
Good office design not only reduces physical injuries, it also improves mental health and wellbeing, and enhances cognition, and thus improves productivity. A modern, dynamic workplace also helps your business stand out as an employer of choice, thus helping with recruitment and staff retention.
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Please contact us on 1300 889 073 or email us to discuss a workplace ergonomics assessment or ergonomics training courses for your office in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide or other cities – just ask!