Ergonomics is the science of designing everyday products around the user in order to improve usability and optimise the user’s wellbeing. In an office environment, ergonomics would generally refer to the way a worker interacts with office furniture and equipment e.g. workstation including pcs, laptops, tablets, touch screens, tablets and similar devices along with the chair, desk, input devices, peripherals and general working environment.
An ergonomic assessment for an office worker is essentially the same as a DSE assessment, VDU assessment, a desk assessment or a workstation assessment. Anyone who is regularly using a display screen/computer at work should have one.
An ergonomic assessment is the ideal way to identify issues with the desk set-up. A basic or standard assessment is suitable for most people. Someone who is experiencing pain or who has specific need may consider an advanced or specialist assessment.