Ergonomics is concerned with the way our bodies interact with products, equipment and environments.

An Ergonomics Specialist analyses work related tasks and recommends changes to minimise the physical strain on the body. They apply techniques to optimise performance, whilst protecting your health, safety and wellbeing.

Ergonomic Assessment

In 2011/12 the Health & Safety Executive stated that 22.7 million days were lost due to work-related injury or illness with an average of 17 days a year lost due to musculo-skeletal disorders. Too many of us suffer with back and neck pain or repetitive strain injuries at work and are often too busy to do anything about it. Poor workstation conditions and postural habits are often a cause of symptoms, leading to decreased productivity and increased absenteeism at work.

The services are suitable for both individuals and companies so whether you need to organise workstation assessments for you and your staff, or perhaps you work from home and need professional advice on how to improve your desk set- up, an Ergonomics Specialist can help.

Mike Betts is an Ergonomics Specialist with over 18 years’ experience in back care (28 years in nursing) and a Master’s degree in Back Care Management. (See Mike's profile page).

Ergonomic assessment expert in Leighton Buzzard - Mike Betts


His ergonomic assessment includes:

  • An individual assessment for each employee
  • Ergonomic and postural advice
  • Task rotation and pacing advice
  • A full written report
  • Stretching and general exercise and tips on how to avoid injuries

Workstation assessments include specific advice on office set-ups such as:

  • Seat and desk/table height
  • Monitor height and desk position
  • Keyboard and mouse use
  • Telephone equipment

Why have an ergonomic assessment?

Investing in your staff is cost effective and helps you meet your responsibilities as an employer with legislation such as The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations. In 2009, The Work Foundation reported that for every £1 invested in wellbeing initiatives, businesses get a return of £3.

By assessing your workplace the Ergonomic Specialist can identify:

  • Awkward postures (incorrect position of joints and limbs)
  • Static postures (holding body position without rest periods)
  • Repetitive movements (without adequate breaks)
  • Over-exertion (fatigues muscle groups)
  • Contact stress and vibration (applying pressure for prolonged periods from hand tools and driving seats)

He will select and help you find the best solution, whether that is workstation changes or job redesign with training and rotations of tasks.

Manual Handling

Mike can also offer manual handling training. Legislation requires employers to:

  • Avoid hazardous manual handling wherever reasonably practicable.
  • Assess any hazardous activities where manual handling cannot be avoided.
  • Reduce the risk of injury to the lowest level reasonably practicable.
  • Review risk assessments where appropriate.

Training includes:

  • Legislation
  • Anatomy Posture and Biomechanics
  • Use of appropriate equipment
  • Risk assessment
  • Principles of handling

Charges are priced according to your own or company’s needs – we can cater for any size.
Please call our friendly team to discuss your requirements.

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