The production of most businesses today relies upon employees who work before a computer in the office.Workers in these jobs are subject to discomfort and health problems because of the rigid and repetitive nature of their work. The most frequent problems are vision or eye related followed by musculoskeletal problems. These problems can largely be solved and prevented with improved work and work environment design.
It has been shown that resolving eye and vision concerns for visual display work can result in a 4-19% increase in productivity per employee. For a typical officer worker making $30,000. per year, that translates into a minimum increase of $1200. in increased productivity. Most answers to these problems will cost much less than that to resolve.
Our visual ergonomic services are designed to assess your workplace environment, evaluate your employees working habits and conditions and make recommendations that will result in better production, less expense, less employee turnover and overall improvement in working conditions. In all activites, sensitivity to employer/employee relations is observed.
The derived benefits from solving and preventing these problems are:
- Increased productivity.
- Improved employee morale.
- Decreased workers compensation expenses.
A meeting with appropriate company representatives. The goal of the meeting is to discuss the company needs and to clearly design and define the program that meets those needs. In all activities, sensitivity to employer/employee relations is observed.
This is an examination of key aspects of the work environment(s). This evaluation is be performed on a department by department basis. The aspects of the work environment that are analyzed include:
Illumination levels - the illumination levels are measured at appropriate locations and compared to ANSI, IES, and other appropriate regulations.
Direct glare - the luminance of lights, windows, VDT screens, office background, and other appropriate objects are measured and compared to ANSI, IES, and other appropriate regulations. VDT equipment screen resolution, brightness range and settings, and flicker characteristics are evaluated.
Screen reflections (glare) - Screen reflection characteristics and sources of reflected light are analyzed.
Workstation arrangement - the heights and viewing distances of VDTs and other work material are measured and evaluated.
Workstation furniture - desks and chairs
An environmental assessment report is written for management. This report contains a specific assessment of each of the above aspects of the environment and, as appropriate, includes:
An important part of any program is conveying the appropriate information to the employees - employee education. Good ergonomic principles are presented to a group of employees. The following topics are presented:
As part of the presentation, a brief questionnaire is distributed to employees to assess the types of problems they may be experiencing. This is used to determine the level of problems and to focus on the poignant issues.
Each employee is visited at his/her workstation. Each of these employees should have attended the employee presentation and filled out a questionnaire. The individual workstation is analyzed to determine specific recommendations. Additionally, a vision screening can be performed, as needed, to include the following:
|Visual Acuity in each eye||Visual field defects|
|Eye muscle balance||Eye scanning abilities|
|Eye muscle coordination||Subjective text readability|
|Binocular||Spectacle design analysis|
An assessment of the needs of each employee is made considering their symptoms report, workstation analysis, and vision screening. For each employee, the following information is provided to management:
Specific methods for obtaining appropriate eye care services for employees. We facilitate implementation and coordination with local doctors. We maintain a list of eye care professionals that are specially trained to perform computer-vision examinations..
Follow-up consultation services for special needs, implementation, bid analysis, etc. can be provided. This includes sources for additional ergonomic supplies and materials.
The cost of the initial consultation will vary with the time and place of the meeting. If the discussions can be completed over phone or email conversations, this service will be available at no charge. If an on-site consultation is required to adequately determine needs, the cost will be based on a $250. per hour rate.
The Environmental Analysis is a complex on-site evaluation of all factors involved in workplace ergonomics. Extensive measurements and observations will be made. The cost can be based on an hourly rate of $300. per hour, or a daily rate of $2500. per day- depending on the logistics of the situation. Travel and accommodation expenses are an additional cost.
No analysis is complete without a report of the findings. A follow up environmental report will be included at no additional cost with the Environmental Analysis program.
This one hour slide show presentation has been very well received by employees as well as management. Specific questions that the attendees have are answered and a renewed sense of enthusiasm is developed. There is no cost for this presentation, if included with the Environmental Analysis program.
The presentation can also be given independently of any other service. In this case, the cost is $1500. plus travel and accommodation expenses.
The most effective way to determine if an employee is viewing their workplace environment efficiently is to evaluate them at their workstation. We use an interactive ergonomic computer program to elicit concerns and test visual abilities. The cost of this program starts at $8.00 per employee and is discounted for more than 24 employees. The program can be self-administered so very little disruption of work is experienced. An exact quote for the cost of this program can be made during the initial consultation.
We have compiled a listing of various doctors around the country who have special training in computer vision-related problems. We will attempt to connect you with a doctor in your area who is convenient and can offer appropriate testing for your employees. There is no charge for this service.
We have made contacts with various companies who supply different types of ergonomic supporting materials. We will be happy to offer the names of these companies if you would like to follow up with them.
Contact us today for more information