Industrial or non-office ergonomic evaluations encompass evaluating injury risk exposures for work performed primarily outside of the office environment including but not limited to work in a laboratory (pipetting, microscope), custodial (cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming), food service, trades (mechanics, plumbers), animal care, and production and distribution related job tasks.
Level 1 (Concise) –
An ergonomic specialist will visit the job site and briefly review the job tasks which were reported concerning by staff and/or a supervisor or as identified as problematic in injury analysis and review, submission of evaluation questionnaires, symptom survey, or other methods. Shorter, more concise and qualitative methods to identify if there is an increased ergonomic risk will be utilized in the Level 1 evaluation. This will help the ergonomics team determine if further more detailed and comprehensive ergonomic risk evaluation (Level 2) is warranted. If during a Level 1 evaluation, a higher concern and risk for injury is identified, a Level 2 evaluation will likely follow to quantify the risk and determine a starting point for action. A level 1 evaluation may be a starting point for the ergonomics team in order to determine the amount or level of risk if there is uncertainty by a requesting supervisor or employee when initially requesting an evaluation. This type of evaluation may also be used as part of training with a potential employee/supervisor ergonomics team. Although an employee, supervisor or department may request a Level 1 evaluation, it may be necessary for a Level 2 evaluation to follow if the job tasks performed, workstation layout and design, etc. warrants such an evaluation. This will need to be determined by an ergonomic specialist during the evaluation process. It is not required to have a Level 1 evaluation prior to requesting a Level 2 evaluation. Complete an Industrial Ergonomic Evaluation request
Level 2 (Comprehensive) –
An ergonomic specialist will visit the job site and provide a detailed ergonomics risk assessment of job tasks reported concerning or as identified as problematic with either an injury analysis, submission of evaluation questionnaires, symptom survey, or the use of a Level 1 evaluation. At the onset of the evaluation, a brief review of the job tasks, will take place and thereafter, the ergonomic specialist will ask the employee to perform regular work tasks in order for observation and data collection to take place. During this time, the ergonomic specialist will observe the employee performing regular job tasks to identify, evaluate and record exposure to ergonomic injury risk factors which include but are not limited to force, frequency, duration, awkward posture and contact stress. Exposure to these injury risks for extended durations increase the risk for injury. Multiple measurements during the evaluation may be taken which include but are not limited to grip force, weight lifted, reach distances, heights, etc. These measurements are all necessary to further analyze and assess a job task for ergonomic risk. Environmental factors such as lighting and noise (where applicable) will also be evaluated. *During the observation period, pictures and/or video of the job tasks performed may be taken which allows the ergonomic specialist to document posture, frequency and duration, equipment dimensions, and overall work processes performed. Pictures are also used in the ergonomic evaluation report unless noted otherwise. Observation times will vary depending on the situation and job tasks performed. Comprehensive and quantitative methods to identify the level of ergonomic risk will be utilized in the Level 2 evaluation. This will help the ergonomics team determine and rank job tasks of highest ergonomic risk and will provide both the ergonomics team and the department with the knowledge of where to start beginning to mitigate risk. Job tasks with highest risk should be given a greater focus. Complete an Industrial Ergonomic Evaluation request
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