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What are the Requirement of Ergonomics at Work?


What is Ergonomics ?

To put it simply, ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them. The goal of ergonomics is to create a safe, comfortable and productive workspaces by bringing human abilities and limitations into the design of a workspace.

What do you need to know about the new regulations? Here are some key aspects

  • Implement an Ergonomics Programme
  • Train Employees
  • Consider Ergonomics
  • Implement Medical Surveillance
  • Implement Risk Controls

What are Ergonomic Risk Factors? 

Job activities involving any of the ergonomic risk factors below may contribute to or result in an increased risk of strain and injury.

  • Awkward postures
  • Bending
  • Compression or contact stress
  • Forceful exertions
  • Insufficient rest breaks
  • Lifting
  • Lighting
  • Noise
  • Pushing, pulling
  • Reaching
  • Repetitive motions
  • Static or sustained postures
  • Temperature extremes
  • Vibration
Employer Failure to Comply under Section 38 – Penalty and Offences, Means

Any employer who does or omits to do an act, thereby causing any person to be injured at a workplace, or, in the case of a person employed by him, to be injured at any place in the course of his employment, or any user who does or omits to do an act in connection with the use of plant or machinery, thereby causing any person to be injured, shall be guilty of an offence if that employer or user, as the case may be, would in respect of that act or omission have been guilty of the offence of culpable homicide had that act or omission caused the death of the said person, irrespective of whether or not  the injury could have led to the death of such person, and on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding R100 000 or to imprisonment for a period not  exceeding two years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.

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