Workplace Assessments

This assessment is carried out when there has been a report of discomfort or injury.  It has a problem-solving focus, which includes an in-depth interview process.  It aims to identify:
  • Possible causes of the reported discomfort or injury
  • Any hazardous or potentially hazardous aspects of the job
Other factors which may be contributing to the discomfort.  Some typical solutions recommended are:
  • Equipment changes or provision
  • Education
  • Changes in posture and technique
  • Changes in work habits eg break frequency, increased movement during the work day
  • Reducing work related stress
  • Consultation with Management re changes in work organisation and processes.  
Whatever the outcome, Ergo OT are committed to working with you to resolve the discomfort or assist with a return to full capacity following an injury or episode of pain.

Workspace Setup

The Workspace Setup offered by Ergo OT is an initial interview and assessment of new staff coming into the organisation.  It involves:
  • Setting up the work area to best suit the individual and the task
  • Identifying any potential risks and hazards
  • Discussing ways to minimise these risks
  • Education about best practice work postures and habits.
Any issues and recommendations are fed back in either a formal report or a handwritten assessment sheet with brief verbal handover - the choice is yours - depending on your recording requirements and desired level of expenditure. 
Biofeedback Assessment
Are you aware that you can learn to change your heart rate and breathing rate by how you think and feel?  Biofeedback is a non-invasive tool which can be used to teach you how to have control over your bodies response to situations of stress, anxiety, anger or pressure. It involves the use of devices to record your breathing, heart rate, muscle tension, skin temperature and skin conductance.  The primary aim of the feedback is self-regulation - by first seeing the physiological change and then training to control it.  This control is then generalised across different situations and environments.  For example, being able to maintain a calm and relaxed breathing rate, both in the treatment room and at a job interview.

Return to Work Assessment

These assessments are requested when staff have been on reduced hours or off work completely due to injury, illness or pain. Early assessment to identify any barriers to a safe return to work or return to full duties benefits both employer and employee and increases the likelihood of a successful return.
The Occupational Therapist can carry out a functional job description or workspace assessment which is then used to form a plan, in collaboration with the staff member and the organisations management.

Functional Job Description

This type of assessment is used to identify all functional aspects of a job, with respect to:
  • Actual job tasks and processes necessary to carry out the role
  • Loads carried, including hand loading
  • Both static and dynamic postures required
  • Cognitive processes and loads involved in the role
  • Perceived work stress/critical work demands.
It can be the starting point for a return to work plan, where an employee has been off work due to injury or illness.  The Occupational Therapist can then match the current level of functionality to the tasks required for the role, identifying any gaps where gradual improvement can be aimed for. 

Workplace Disability Support

Being employed offers many benefits to individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities or mental health conditions, and organisations gain much by having a diverse inclusive workforce.  This assessment is offered as a scoping assessment which can be requested by an individual or an organisation,  to assess best practice support requirements.  


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