Workstation ergonomics: a transversal approach

Published on 3/12/203

Updated on 4/12/2024

Every type of job is the subject of an assessment of workstation ergonomics. The goal is to ensure that every employee is optimally protected, regardless of their job. On a case-by-case basis, adaptations are made in response to an employee's request, occupational medicine recommendations, or the identification of possible improvements by the nurse.

Several examples of the steps taken by SILAB are illustrated below.

On the industrial side

A detailed study of each workstation has shown that employees encounter a low number of repetitive gestures as defined by the INRS (France's institute for research and security).

Following an assessment of the needs and constraints of a key production station, however, SILAB invested in exoskeletons to protect the health of its technicians and prevent the onset of lower back pain. They are active assistance devices, easy to install and do not hinder freedom of movement.

On the office side

SILAB is aware that office ergonomics are of fundamental importance and therefore trains office workers on the good practices for organizing their stations and on suitable postures to preserve comfort and health.

Examples are the alternating use of exercice balls and office chairs or ergonomic computer mice.

Relieve lower back pain: exercice balls

On the laboratories side

SILAB decided on the use of ergonomic chairs adapted to the movements of laboratory staff.

Exoskeletons are also available when carrying heavy loads.