Ergonomic Vehicle Assessments
Comfortable, happy workers are far more productive
For workers whose occupation involves driving, their vehicle is their work environment. Prolonged periods of driving, particularly if the vehicle is not correctly adjusted to fit the driver, can lead to discomfort, fatigue, pain and even injury.
It is imperative that people using a vehicle for work comply with ergonomic principles to minimise the risk of injury. Increased comfort leads to increased productivity, improved staff morale and reduced absenteeism and ultimately a happier, healthier workforce.
An ergonomic vehicle assessment is performed by an Occupational Therapist and involves direct consultation with the worker in their vehicle. The assessment includes a discussion with the worker, regarding the role requirements, tasks performed, driving intervals and where appropriate, cargo loaded/unloaded.
The worker is provided with instruction and demonstration on adjustment of the vehicle, safe driving posture and where appropriate, manual handling education. A summary report detailing adjustments made to the vehicle and any recommendations made by the assessor is also provided.
Benefits of an Ergonomic Vehicle Assessment
Prevention is better than cure and ergonomic vehicle assessments are a highly effective tool for mitigating the risk of workplace injury and promoting safety.
Ergonomic vehicle assessments are not only suitable for workers with a specific injury, disability or symptoms but also for healthy, symptom-free workers, to prevent injury and maximise performance.
Increased comfort leads to increased productivity, improved staff morale and reduced absenteeism and ultimately a happier, healthier workforce.