Audit existing ergonomic conditions and provide access to ongoing consultation, education and resources to improve and maintain ergonomic comfort over time.
In 2016, among all age groups musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) ranked seventh on the list of top drivers of global disability of which low back and neck pain are core issues. MSDs are one of the most commonly reported causes of lost or restricted work time and also contribute to presenteeism and lost productivity. Researchers estimate these types of losses summed to as much as 2% of gross domestic product in the European Union alone. Worldwide, of the leading environmental and occupational risk factors for disability, occupational ergonomic factors ranked fourth among those aged 15-49. Specific risk factors for work-related MSDs include occupational hazards such as heavy lifting, bending, reaching overhead, pushing or pulling heavy objects, working in generally awkward positions or performing repetitive tasks. In addition, both prolonged sitting and standing pose health risks.
Utilize Ergonomic Consultation (1 point)
At least twice per year, a certified ergonomist or an individual with a professional degree in human factors/ergonomics (or equivalent) offers the following services to all employees:
An audit of existing ergonomic conditions in the space, including workstations, furnishings, work areas and existing policies.
On-site adjustments to existing furnishings at occupant request and/or on-site training for staff on how to adjust workstation furnishings.
Note: Projects are encouraged to utilize results of the audit to inform policy and design decisions related to ergonomics and, in particular, those that are required in Feature V02: Visual and Physical Ergonomics.
Education must be culturally appropriate and literacy level appropriate.
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