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Guildford Ergonomics is run by Ed Milnes. Ed is an experienced and Chartered Ergonomics and Human Factors specialist who enjoys building close working relationships with clients and employees, introducing them to ergonomics ideas and solutions that are innovative, interesting and effective.

Ed, as Guildford Ergonomics, is based in Surrey and provides a range of services based on his expertise across the whole of the UK. Ed is experienced in dealing with ergonomics issues across a wide variety of industries, sites and organisations.

Ed’s experience includes providing ergonomics support to a range of stakeholders in various different ways including:

  • Dutyholders – assessing risks, investigating incidents and injury, providing guidance and training and developing recommendations / actions to achieve legal compliance and work towards best-practice.
  • HSE Regulatory Inspectors – carrying out site inspections, investigations, and advising on regulatory enforcement action
  • Industry Associations and Trade unions – developing industry guidance on ergonomics issues, liaising between union representatives and dutyholders
  • Providing expertise to fellow HSE Specialist Inspectors e.g. mechanical engineering, construction, electrical, occupational health specialists
  • Local Authority Environmental Health Officers, – site inspections and investigations to support EHOs and the sites they regulate
  • HSE Policy teams – providing feedback and information on Industry scenarios, investigations and writing specialist ergonomics guidance
  • Courts and legal – Acting as Expert Witness for courts on a range of ergonomics issues (anthropometry, musculoskeletal risk, manual handling, workplace transport and human behaviour).
    Guildford Ergonomics also works with a network of associates with a range of expertise in ergonomics, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Occupational Health.
Ed is a registered and chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (C.ErgHF). He has a Masters degree (M.Sc.(Eng.)) in Work Design and Ergonomics from University of Birmingham and a Bachelors degree (B.Sc.Hons.) in Psychology from University of Southampton. Ed also has a Level 3 Award in Education and Training (City & Guilds – course formerly known as PTLLS).

Prior to working as a freelance consultant and trainer, Ed worked for over 15 years as an Ergonomics and Human Factors specialist in the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the UK’s Health & Safety Regulator. He joined the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL, an Agency of the Health & Safety Executive) in 1999 as an Ergonomist. He worked first in the HSL Ergonomics Team, then as a Specialist HSE Inspector in Ergonomics and Human Factors, based in HSE’s London office Rose Court. During this period Ed also spent time working in a general HSE Inspection team.

Key examples of industry experience applying ergonomics and human factors include:

  • Retail – shops, bars
  • Office environment
  • Distribution warehousing and Order picking
  • Food processing
  • Food packaging
  • Drinks delivery
  • Parcel handling (courier distribution hubs)
  • Furniture manufacturing
  • Vehicle seating manufacture
  • Vehicle manufacturing
  • Leisure industry (amusement ride anthropometry and g-forces, go-karting)
  • Stonemasonry & Stone slab handling & storage
  • Concrete and cast stone manufacturing
  • Tyre and windscreen handling
  • Abattoir and meat deboning
  • Workplace transport (including public access sites)
  • Specialist Engineering
  • Electronics component assembly
  • Manufacturing (multiple)
  • Glazing manufacture and fitting
  • White goods handling (retail, warehousing and delivery)
  • Timber frame manufacturing
  • Construction industry including refurbishments and asbestos removal
  • Slab and kerb stone laying
  • Shipping container handballing
  • Power network operation and maintenance
  • Forestry
  • Prison operations
  • Pallet processing
  • Airports – airlines, service providers, maintenance
  • COMAH regulated (Major Accident Hazard) sites
  • Docks
  • Long-pole cleaning
  • Cleaning
  • Health care (hospitals, care and nursing homes, specialist schools)
  • Pharmacy and Laboratory work