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Ergonomics on Health and Well-Being

It may be a fancy word, but ergonomics in health and safety is concerned with the way people use/interact with equipment in terms of comfort and preventing injuries such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), whilst also focusing on the effectiveness and productivity allowed whilst using it.

Workplace users of tools and equipment will all be affected by ergonomics in some way. These users will come from virtually all industries, ranging from office workers who make use of computer chairs, typing wrist rests etc to construction site workers who use a range of hand-held tools and pieces of equipment.

Whilst a person may be able to get away with experiencing little or no discomfort in the short term, poor ergonomics can cause severe health and well-being problems for a person over the long-term if these issues are not addressed and rectified at an early stage.

Unless items are custom-built for a specific user, they will need to be adjustable so that they can accommodate being used by people of varying sizes, shapes and weights. Ergonomics also applies to work areas, and must be considered along with equipment during the planning stage of operations. A person who has to twist around awkwardly or carry heavy/bulky loads to perform their work duties will be at risk of conditions such as manual handling injuries. Ideally these risks need to be identified in the planning stage, and a suitable risk assessment may need to be performed before the work commences or before workstations are constructed to prevent it being an issue.




Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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