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 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 Safety Health and Wellbeing Team can assist with the following:
- Acting as a resource for teams or individuals requiring assistance in evaluating and controlling ergonomic hazards.
- Performing ergonomic assessments and issuing ergonomic equipment to staff as required.
- Investigating incidents that may have occurred as a result of ergonomic hazard(s).
- Providing ergonomic training as required.