Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Ergonomics

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further Information

Book an Ergonomic Assessment

The University is committed to preventing injuries associated with ergonomic hazards which may be found in the design of work tasks, equipment used and the working environment.

Ergonomics is the design of the working environment, to ensure the best use of an individual's capabilities.

Training in ergonomics, computer workstation assessment and manual handling can be provided by contacting the Manager of Injury Management and Wellbeing in UWA Safety, Health and Wellbeing on (+61 8) 6488 4683.

Managers/supervisors: in consultation with employees, are responsible for the following:

  • ensuring ergonomic hazards relating to poor design of tools, equipment, work station or work practices are identified and the associated risks controlled
  • ensuring that all employees have been provided with adequate equipment for tasks undertaken
  • ensuring that employees have had information, instruction or training provided in the use of equipment and work practices
  • encouraging and reinforcing proper working techniques
  • encouraging early reporting of any injury or symptoms.

Employees are responsible for the following:

  • ensuring they understand information and instructions provided
  • participating in training as provided
  • correctly using equipment provided
  • following proper working techniques
  • co-operating in the early identification and reporting of hazards and/or injury symptoms.

The Manager of Injury Management and Wellbeing from Safety, Health and Wellbeing is responsible for:

  1. Acting as a resource to UWA Schools and individuals requiring assistance in evaluating and controlling ergonomic hazards.
  2. Providing available ergonomic equipment to staff on trial as required. If the equipment is retained then it will need to be paid for by the School/Area.
  3. Investigating incidents that may have occurred as a result of ergonomic hazard(s).
  4. Providing ergonomic training as required.