Office Ergonomics Made Easy

Employers are required by law to take every reasonable precaution to protect workers from hazards – but who would have guessed sitting at your office desk could be considered a hazard?

In Canada, musculoskeletal disorders (or MSDs) are the most frequent type of time-loss injury and the single largest source of time-loss costs in Canada. MSDs are injuries that affect muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Injuries can develop when the same muscles are used repetitively, or for a long time without adequate rest. Some examples of MSDs include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.

If you’re a proactive employer or one that is looking to avoid expensive claim costs resulting from MSDs, you might consider hiring an ergonomist to come into your workplace and perform ergonomic assessments in person. This option is often expensive and does not promote a sustainable ergonomic solution.  The ergonomist spends a moment in time with your employee and then leaves. What happens if the workstation changes? Maybe the employee gets a new desk or adds another monitor.

Service Hospitality is happy to recommend our partners at Bridges Health and their Rapid Office Strain Assessment tool for your ergonomic assessment needs.

The Rapid Office Strain Assessment program, or ROSA, is an office ergonomics program from Bridges Health. The ROSA assessment provides employees with a quick and easy-to-use tool to manage the ergonomics of their office workstation, preventing injuries or discomfort from occurring. For employers, this tool is much less time-consuming and less expensive than having an ergonomist or occupational therapist complete individual assessments. During the ROSA assessment, individuals are provided with guided videos as they assess common pieces of office equipment, including a chair, monitors, keyboard, and more. The assessment typically takes between 15-20 minutes to complete, and once finished users are instantly provided with a summary report, identifying main areas of risk for injury, as well as corresponding recommendations that they can utilize to make adjustments to their space.

For more information or a demonstration, please contact [email protected].

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