Blog posts from Guildford Ergonomics

Ergonomics Research Review

Ergonomics research is constantly finding new and useful information, but often this doesn't filter through to those of us who practice applied ergonomics and health and safety. With the volumes of research and the amount of guidance already out there, there is a risk that these important findings and messages are not adopted into [...]

Open course – 1-day Introduction to Ergonomics and Human Factors

27 November 2018 - Guildford We will be delivering our CIEHF-accredited '1-day Introduction to Ergonomics and Human Factors' course on 27 November in Guildford. This session is open for any individual to attend (either sponsored by your employer or self-funded). An open course is a great opportunity to network and meet new people who [...]

By | 2018-11-01T11:46:36+00:00 October 10th, 2018|CPD, DSE, Ergonomics, Human Error, Human Factors, Human Reliability, Musculoskeletal risk assessment, Services, Training|Comments Off on Open course – 1-day Introduction to Ergonomics and Human Factors

Mind the gap

Plonking ourselves down We are plonkers – most of us. We plonk ourselves down in chairs and don’t think too much about whether we need to make adjustments or whether the chair suits our body dimensions. One aspect of chair use that in my experience people are often less familiar with, and possibly don’t [...]

Reducing back injuries from manual handling

There is potential in ergonomics – and probably any scientific discipline – that so much research is done, and so many articles are published, that key ones can get lost in the noise. A paper I recently ‘rediscovered’ from Ergonomics in 2009 is a good example. An article By S M McGill, 'Evolving Ergonomics?' [...]

By | 2018-11-22T10:59:17+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Back pain, Consultant, Ergonomics, Health & Safety, Manual Handling, Musculoskeletal risk assessment, Occupational Health, Safe working procedures, Services, Training|Comments Off on Reducing back injuries from manual handling

Ergonomics guidance for use of mobile devices

Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors launches Mobile Working Guidance Musculoskeletal risks associated with mobile devices. As much as it seems like a hot topic when it’s brought up, interesting views or research pop up, statistics are flagged up, but we – as a discipline or collective of professionals – seem to move [...]

By | 2018-11-22T11:00:13+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Agile working, Display Screen Equipment, DSE, Ergonomics, Mobile working, Remote working, Repetitive Strain, Risk assessment|Comments Off on Ergonomics guidance for use of mobile devices

Computer workstation assessment for employees who work at home

Homeworking is still on the increase – driven by increasing demands for a better work life balance, and many businesses looking to cut real estate costs by reducing the physical footprint of their office. Based on the statistics in a recent employment survey, 44% of UK staff now do some form of flexible [...]

By | 2018-11-22T11:02:09+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Agile working, Back pain, Display Screen Equipment, DSE, Ergonomics, Health & Safety, Human Resources, Musculoskeletal risk assessment, Remote working, Repetitive Strain|Comments Off on Computer workstation assessment for employees who work at home

Headaches at work

A big workplace issue Headaches at work is an issue that comes up surprisingly often – not surprising given that headache disorders cost the UK an estimated £5 to £7 billion per year and 25 million working days lost (and those costs are just relating to diagnosed headache disorders, there is a huge additional [...]

Human Factors checklist for SMEs

The facts of life - birth, death, taxes - and mistakes! Errors, mistakes and violations play a key part in most workplace incidents. According to an SHP report, around 90% of incident reports indicate human failure is to blame. But what are the factors that underlie these errors and violations, and why do investigations [...]

Is your organisation human-centred? Find out with our FREE online test

On 1st September this year, BSI launched a new standard – BS ISO 27500 ‘The human-centred organisation – Rationale and general principles’. BS ISO 27500 is a high-level goal-setting standard and it sets out 7 key principles that characterize a human-centred organisation. The standard is aimed squarely at executive board members and senior management, [...]

Sit-stand working – advice & research

Making the most of sit-stand working Sit-stand desks offer real health benefits, but to maximise their benefits they need careful introduction to workplaces. This article looks at how to make the most of sit-stand working, with reference to recent research, and we offer advice on making a switch to sit-stand working. Health issues linked [...]

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