Our ergonomics and human factors consultancy services aim to help you understand the interaction between people and their working environment.
Our Ergonomics and Human Factors Services
Ergonomics in your office: arranging and fitting workstations to the employee.
Our consultants review hundreds of office workplaces every year. We derive practical solutions by combining our industry experience with scientific ergonomic assessment methodology. We work closely with our clients to derive cost-effective and comprehensive solutions to office ergonomic issues. Our office ergonomic assessments are supported by proper hazard analysis and cost-benefit analysis.
We can provide advice and services on the assessment and management of the office ergonomic issues including:
Comprehensive Office Ergonomic Assessment
Compliance support on SS514: Code of practice for office ergonomics
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), the term used to describe a variety of conditions including back pain, upper limb disorders (including RSI), neck pain, etc. are a significant problem for employers and employees alike in workplaces.
Not all MSDs are caused by work. Some arise as a result of injuries outside the workplace, and some are the almost inevitable consequence of age-related degeneration. However, if a condition stops an individual from working it is important to try and do something about it so that the employer retains valued, experienced workers – and employees keep their jobs.
Workplace Safety and Health imposes duties on employers, reflecting the important cost of these problems to the community and the need to try and reduce the problems at the workplace, rather than waiting for injuries to happen.
We can provide advice and services on the assessment and management of ergonomic issues including:
Comprehensive workplace/job ergonomic assessment
Compliance support for SS569: Code of practice for manual handling
Workplace/Job redesign consultancy (WDA WorkPro grant available)
Work with employers to help them retain older workers (WDA WorkPro grant available)
AGEING AND WORK
The number of elderly citizens in Singapore will triple to 900,000 by 2030 and there will only be 2.1 working-age citizens for each citizen aged 65 and above. Hence the push to extend working life requires us to have a better understanding of the effects that age-related change can have on our ability to work and how best to support our older workers.
Our research in the area of ageing and work feeds into our consultancy service. We have been involved in the collation of research evidence and the development of guidance for managing older workers, and the evaluation of the research evidence in relation to the physical capabilities of emergency service workers.
Our expertise in this area includes:-
Workplace assessment to identify specific risk factors for older workers;
Recommendations on workplace and work organisation re-design to accommodate older workers;
Evaluation of objective physiological evidence in relation to work requirements and capabilities;
Use of the Work Ability Index to assess the capabilities of the workforce or to help with problem identification;
Occupational health assessment and fitness for work assessments of older workers.
HEAT STRESS / STRAIN
Heat stress is not just a potential problem in the hot working conditions found in industries such as smelting and glassmaking. Any work involving the use of chemical protective clothing can present challenges, especially where the clothing isn’t vapour-permeable.
Institute of Ergonomics and Hygiene staff have great wealth of experience of working on thermal stress. We understand permissible work times for thermal stress and good practice for managing work in hot working condition. We can provide advice and guidance to industrial clients on the assessment and management of the risk of heat stress including:
The application and interpretation of international standards;
Development of safe systems of work;
Physiological monitoring of heat strain;
Practical measures to reduce or control any risks.
Official statistics suggest that the number of people reporting stress, anxiety or depression has not decreased in recent years.
In fact, the most recent statistics now show stress at work to be a bigger cause of workplace sickness absence than musculoskeletal disorders.
The most frequently reported causes of work-related stress include pressure from work, lack of managerial support and work-related violence and bullying. Factors that are associated with increased workplace stress include changes at work including downsizing and changes to responsibilities held; poor interpersonal relationships at work; and difficulties with managers.
Based on our research for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the European Commission we are able to provide the following skills in relation to managing mental wellbeing in the workplace.
Use of the HSE Management Standards to identify and solve local problems;
The use of online surveys to assess the levels of organisational stress while maintaining complete confidentiality for participants;
Advice on work organisation to maximise wellbeing at work;