You have been requested to perform an ergonomic review of the workstations for all Executive Assistants in the company. Research what is needed in an environmental review in an office setting and identify the major factors to consider when performing an ergonomic review of the Executive Assistant workstations. Identify 5 conditions you would check in or around the Assistant's workstation, what recommendations you would make, and what you would hope to prevent by your recommendations. For example- by providing a wrist rest with each computer mouse, you would hope to lessen the incidence of carpal tunnel cases.
This task has two parts.
Part One (20 points):
Identify the major factors to consider when performing an ergonomic review for the Executive Assistant workstation (based on your course readings and chat session on Ergonomics).
Part Two (60 points):
a) You may select any 5 conditions (based on the task instructions and any of your course materials) which you would check as part of an ergonomic review of the Executive Assistant work station and b) provide recommendations of how you would prevent or minimize these conditions. Don't forget that you are basing this review on ALL of the physical and environmental conditions in and around the workstation. Also, consider the essential functions of the Executive Assistant when preparing this ergonomic review.
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Below are the major factors to consider when performing an ergonomic review of the Executive Assistant workstations, conditions to be checked in or around the Assistant's workstation and recommendations.
* Working Position
Workig in the neutral position needs to be provided. Equipment in the office should be designed to ensure that the s-curve of the spinal column is always retained, whether the Executive Assistant is sitting at his/her desk or standing up to work. Retaining the s-curve helps to reduce the risk of injury: by keeping the neck aligned in its neutral position (i.e. in line with the spine), prolonged twisting and unhealthy bent postures will be avoided and pressure that may damage the remainder of the spine will be reduced.
Equipment should also be designed to keep elbows and shoulder relaxed and in their natural position and the wrists in a neutral position, in line with the forearm.
* Keeping everything in easy reach
A good workstation design will have a semi-circle of activity within which everything the Executive Assistant needs is located. This will help avoid undue stretching and straining. Simple rearrangement of the work area should help the Executive Assistant achieve this objective.
* Working at proper heights
Not only does this make things easier, it is much more comfortable and will reduce undue stress on the Executive Assistant's body.
* Reducing Excessive Motion
By rationalising the motions made throughout the day by fingers, wrists and arms, the Executive Assistant can help relieve stress on all these appendages and also your back.
* Minimising static load
Holding the same position for a period of time is known ...