Occupational Health

Helping you stand and work more comfortably

The wonderful world of wobbling Sit-stand desks are a great way of maintaining energy levels, concentration and comfort – providing they are used sensibly! Standing to work is not a great cure-all though – as anyone will tell you who’s had no option but to stand all day! The main benefit comes from regularly [...]

By |2019-04-14T17:26:23+00:00April 14th, 2019|Back pain, DSE, Occupational Health, sit-stand working, standing desks, Uncategorized, Wellbeing, Wellness|Comments Off on Helping you stand and work more comfortably

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 [...]

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+00:00September 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

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 [...]

Online DSE Assessments

Online DSE assessments and user training A properly set-up desk or workstation is a vital part of maintaining wellbeing at work. Good quality DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessments are an essential tool for achieving this. We provide a service that's something a bit different. An online DSE computer workstation assessment with no sign up, [...]

By |2019-03-10T08:19:16+00:00December 16th, 2016|0 Comments

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, [...]

Task rotation organiser for ART, MAC and RAPP tools

A simple and easy to use tool for identifying the most optimal task/job rotations Task rotation as a musculoskeletal risk control measure is most effective when consecutive tasks don’t share the same risk factors. To help you plan and achieve this arrangement, the tool we have designed  (link below) allows you to enter your [...]

Review of HSE’s new push-pull risk assessment tool – RAPP

This September HSE launched a much-anticipated new manual handling risk assessment tool – RAPP – Risk Assessment of Pushing and Pulling. Ever since the MAC (HSE's Manual Handling Assessment Chart) was launched some years ago, industry and Inspectors have been asking for something similar to cover pushing and pulling activities, now finally it has arrived. [...]

Taking that ART and MAC tools further – Task rotation and variable weight handling

The MAC and ART tools are great tools for initial identification of musculoskeletal risk factors. This post tells you how to get even more out of them. HSE will soon be publishing a new tool – similar to the MAC – for push-pull tasks which is much anticipated! But before that happens, in this [...]

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