Postmen in the UK are now delivering more parcels than letters, which are heavier and bulkier and not as easy to carry on a bicycle.
That's why these postmen will soon have their bicycles replaced by vans, the Harborough Mail
The move is intended toliterally take the weight off the postmen's shoulders.
This is a great way to ensure their occupational health and safety.
And you're legally obliged to adopt ergonomics as a similar way to ensure your employees' health in South Africa.
is about fitting job functions to the physical capabilities of your employees, explains the Health and Safety Bulletin
.This is especially important to protect against hazards
to employees' health resulting from the way your employees work.
To check if they're at risk, the Labour Bulletin
suggests you do an ergonomic
Here's how to do an ergonomic assessment
This is where you look at the set-up of your workspace to see if it allows people to do their jobs safely, comfortably and productively.
You'll need to cover aspects such as lighting, acoustics or noise levels and proper air circulation to be sure that your workspace doesn't put your employees' health at risk.
If your employees sit at seated work stations, Ergotron
says to check five important factors.
Include these five factors in your ergonomic assessment if employees sit at seated work stations
1. Is the top of the employee's computer monitor at eye level?
2. Is the computer monitor at least 50cm from the employee's eyes?
3. Do the employee's wrists remain flat while typing?
4. Are the employee's shoulders relaxed when typing, with his upper arms parallel to his torso?
5. Can the employee adjust the height of his monitor, keyboard and chair?
Saying 'no' to any of these would suggest your office space is not ergonomic and likely to result in your employee complaining of adverse health effects like eye strain, stress or a stiff neck.
Conduct an ergonomic assessment today to make sure you comply with the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act.