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1.0: Introduction: Ergonomic issues are increasing within the workplace and must be taken into consideration to ensure that employees are in a safe, healthy, and efficient working environment. [Anne-Kristina Arnold, Fall 2010, Lecture #2: Introduction to Ergonomics.] ******Without ergonomics, more injuries would be occurring in the workplace, and employees would be in poor conditions with low job morale. Benefits of ergonomics include: adapting the workplace to be more safe and comfortable for the worker, reducing injuries and accidents, ensuring the tool/equipment is in an easy accessible location, and increasing employees’ productivity and efficiency. This is a student project developed from the university class Kinesiology 180: Introduction to ergonomics. It is a consultant’s report done for an office job by a student with basic ergonomics and kinesiology knowledge and experience. The objective of this assignment is for the student to get a grasp on ergonomics in the workplace, and learn how to write a consultant’s report. The student will be using information from class and lecture notes, a seven step approach to conducting an ergonomic evaluation, tools and methods to determine current injuries of the subject and ways to improve the subject’s workplace. The subject of the office ergonomics report is Pamela Mann; a forty-five year old female that has been employed at GNK Insurance Corporation for twelve years. Pamela is a commercial insurance broker, which requires her to spend most of her day at a computer preparing and reviewing documents and insurance claims. She works eight hour shifts, five days a week and is constantly complaining of reoccurring injuries while doing her office work. Pamela is frequently feeling pain and discomfort at the end of most work shifts. After receiving a general overview of the subject’s job and workstation, methods must be followed to determine the conditions of the working office environment. 2.0: Methods
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Several methods and tools were used to conduct this office ergonomics consultants report. *Seven Step Ergonomic Approach to an Office Ergonomics Evaluation 2.1: Planning An informed consent form was required for the subject to fill in prior to the office ergonomics evaluation. The signed consent form gave the investigator permission to analyze the subject’s workstation during her work activities, and to use images of her in the final report showing her identity. A discussion about the objectives, role, and ethical responsibilities were clearly introduced to Pamela before the evaluation. 2.2: Assessing Need/ Benchmarking A user profile was completed on the subject to identity her key characteristics, past experiences and history. The subject’s discomfort level and injuries were measured using a Worker Discomfort Survey [Anne-Kristina Arnold, Fall2010. Lecture # 12a: Office Ergonomics]. She was presented a full body diagram representing the front and backside of the human body, and had to indicate on each body part her level of discomfort. (0= no
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