Ergonomics
and
Return to Work
Mark Dohrmann
Engineer, Ergonomist
info@ergonomics.com.au
www.ergonomics.com.au
Melbourne, 2...
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Preparing tasks to enable return
to work
 It’s a matching process
Using ergonomic methods to analyse the Using ergonomic...
Ergonomics –
a powerful tool!
Ergonomics means …Ergonomics means …
 Fitting work to people
 Using peoples’ capabilities
...
Ergonomics is concerned with:
 Human size, shape
 Strength and dexterity
 The physical environment (light, noise, clima...
Ergonomics examines:
 peoples’ size, shape
 hand function
 postures - ideal and actual
 tasks – in detail
 vision nee...
Understanding work
 Analysing a task
 Basics: what do they need to see? Touch? Basics: what do they need to see? Touch?...
Step 1: analysing the task
Start simply
 What does the person need to see?
(acuity, colors, focus, complexity)(acuity, co...
Step 1 (continued)
 What needs moving?
(lift, push, pull, steer, climb, bend)
 What has to fit?
(stature, arm length, ex...
Step 1 (continued)
 Sustaining effort or attention
(repetition, breaks, endurance, attention)
 Social elements
(team, pu...
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Step 2: what are the persons
capabilities … and limitations?
 This process should mirror the task This process should mi...
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Overuse strain checks:
 Forceful actions
 Unsupported or uncomfortable posture Unsupported or uncomfortable posture
 R...
Checking strength demands
in a task:
 NIOSH
 2D and 3D Michigan 2D and 3D Michigan
 Snook Tables
 … more
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More information:
 www.ergonomics.com.au
 info@ergonomics.com.au
 03 9376 1844
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Mark Dorhmann delivered the presentation at the 2014 Return to Work Forum.

The 2014 Return to Work Forum brought together speakers from multiple sectors to share best practice in return to work, injury management and rehabilitation.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/returntowork14

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  1. 1. Ergonomics and Return to Work Mark Dohrmann Engineer, Ergonomist info@ergonomics.com.au www.ergonomics.com.au Melbourne, 29 July 2014
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  3. 3. Preparing tasks to enable return to work  It’s a matching process Using ergonomic methods to analyse the Using ergonomic methods to analyse the task, then the person, then matching them  Examples 3
  4. 4. Ergonomics – a powerful tool! Ergonomics means …Ergonomics means …  Fitting work to people  Using peoples’ capabilities  Respecting human limitations 4
  5. 5. Ergonomics is concerned with:  Human size, shape  Strength and dexterity  The physical environment (light, noise, climate, vibration)vibration)  Thinking aspects (deduction, interpretation, understanding)  Learning and skilling needs  Communication into and out of the task  Social elements and needs 5
  6. 6. Ergonomics examines:  peoples’ size, shape  hand function  postures - ideal and actual  tasks – in detail  vision needs, light hearing and noise hearing and noise  comfort over time  skills assumed or needed  fatigue and its causes  social and communication needs  work routines and systems  … and more … 6
  7. 7. Understanding work  Analysing a task  Basics: what do they need to see? Touch? Basics: what do they need to see? Touch? Manipulate?  What knowledge and skills are needed? 7
  8. 8. Step 1: analysing the task Start simply  What does the person need to see? (acuity, colors, focus, complexity)(acuity, colors, focus, complexity)  Touch? (distance, grip, fingers, sensitivities, feet)  Control? (coordination, strength, comprehension) 8
  9. 9. Step 1 (continued)  What needs moving? (lift, push, pull, steer, climb, bend)  What has to fit? (stature, arm length, extremes, legs, gear)  The environment (light, noise, air, vibration, smell, weather)  What skill sets are assumed? 9
  10. 10. Step 1 (continued)  Sustaining effort or attention (repetition, breaks, endurance, attention)  Social elements (team, public, language, co-workers)  Communication elements (task –centred, group, radio, phone, other) 10
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  13. 13. Step 2: what are the persons capabilities … and limitations?  This process should mirror the task This process should mirror the task analysis, item by item. 13
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  41. 41. Overuse strain checks:  Forceful actions  Unsupported or uncomfortable posture Unsupported or uncomfortable posture  Repetitive, unbroken pattern of movement 41
  42. 42. Checking strength demands in a task:  NIOSH  2D and 3D Michigan 2D and 3D Michigan  Snook Tables  … more 42
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  53. 53. More information:  www.ergonomics.com.au  info@ergonomics.com.au  03 9376 1844 53

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