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While it’s understandable that some people may see ergonomic assessments as a ‘nice to do’ or just another legal responsibility, these offer real value to workplaces.

Workstation risk assessments are a legal requirement under EU Directive 90/270/EEC, but they also bring a host of benefits to businesses.

A workstation risk assessment is designed to help people to work more efficiently and comfortably and reduce workplace injuries. This makes the working day easier, improves health and wellbeing and boosts productivity.

These assessments can put a big focus on workstations because there are considerable health implications of working at a desk for long hours. The ergonomic workstation assessment is designed to make sure that desk work doesn’t lead to injuries or long-term health issues.

With any assessment it’s always recommended that you look at the whole workstation environment and the needs of the person working within it. It’s important to talk to users to find out how they carry out daily tasks and whether they experience any aches or pains.

Assessments should be carried out regularly, or whenever a new workstation is set up, when a new person starts, when a workstation is changed or if anyone says they are experiencing pain or discomfort.

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