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Free Computer Ergonomics Checklist Template

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Computer Ergonomics ChecklistPurpose of Document

Computer Ergonomics Checklist are used to assess whether computer workstations are setup ergonomically. The primary objective is to ensure the safety of workers by identifying, assessing and managing the risks of poor computer workstation ergonomics. This form is broadly aligned with AS/NZS 45001:2018.

How to Use

This form should be used to identify ergonomic issues and provide recommendations about how the computer workstation should be setup to ensure worker safety. This is a template only and should be customised for your business ensuring that:

  • Workplace specific risks are identified and managed, and
  • Workers are consulted with during the customisation / review process.

When to Use

It is a good idea to complete these when a new worker starts, to ensure their workstation is setup ergonomically. It can also be completed periodically to ensure workstations are managed in an ongoing manner.

Who Should Use

This form can be completed by your Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other Manager in your organization. It should be completed in consultation with the worker who uses the workstation.

Legal Considerations

There is no specific legal requirement to use a Computer Ergonomics Checklist. However, it is best practice, especially for larger companies. It can help meet general legal duties, including:

  • s(19) WHS Act – Primary Duty of Care
  • s(60) WHS Regulations – Duty to Manage Risks from Hazardous Manual Tasks

FAQ

What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the scientific discipline and process of designing or arranging workplaces, products, and systems to fit the people who use them.

What is a hazardous manual task?

A hazardous manual task refers to a task that involves using the body to lift, lower, push, pull, carry, or otherwise move, hold, or restrain any object, person, or animal.

What factors contribute to hazardous manual tasks?

The following can contribute to hazardous manual tasks:

  • postures, movements, forces and vibration relating to the hazardous manual task; and
  • the duration and frequency of the hazardous manual task; and
  • workplace environmental conditions that may affect the hazardous manual task or the worker performing it; and
  • the design of the work area; and
  • the layout of the workplace; and
  • the systems of work used; and
  • the nature, size, weight or number of persons, animals or things involved in carrying out the hazardous manual task.

Article Sources and Further Reading

  1. Hazardous Manual Tasks (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/system/files/documents/1705/mcop-hazardous-manual-tasks-v1.pdf>
  2. Manual Handling Training (Spire Safety) <https://spiresafety.com.au/whs-training/non-accredited-whs-training/manual-handling-course/>
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