Ergonomic and Human Factors Assessments

Industrial (Plant) and Office Ergonomics

Choose from a range of office and industrial ergonomics assessments and services.

Pain and discomfort are clear signals when a worker has stayed in an uncomfortable or awkward position too long. If an uncomfortable or awkward position is required to do the job, workers are at risk of developing various musculoskeletal disorders.

Ergonomics is about designing systems or processes for people, wherever they interact with products. It is all about ‘not forcing the worker to fit the job’ but ‘designing the job to fit the worker.’ The emphasis of ergonomics is to ensure designs that complement the strengths and abilities of people and minimize the effects of their limitations, rather than forcing them to adapt.

Who is this for?

All employees at all levels within your organization are at risk of developing musculoskeletal injuries (MSI).  While manufacturing does have high MSI injury statistics, this type of injury is not unique to our industry alone.  Ergonomic interventions try to design the job such that these uncomfortable positions are taken away, mitigating the risk.

What does it involve?

Step 1:  Scoping meeting
First things first, we want to find out your risk level!  We call this the scoping meeting.  During this step, we will ask you about your ergonomic concerns in order to best match you with the correct service type.

Step 2: The proposal
The program administrator will send you a service proposal that will outline the costs and deliverables based on the findings from the scoping meeting.  Once this proposal is signed and returned, we can book a date for recommended service(s) or training.

Step 3:  The deliverables
An ergonomist will come to your facility to complete the assessment.  A report summarizing the findings and recommendations will be produced and a digital copy of this report will be sent to you for your records.

Ergonomics Service Options

Office Ergonomics Assessment – Level 1 

Book an ergonomist to conduct ergonomics assessments of desk setups and working environment for your office staff. Get proactive recommendations for design or adjustment of your office workstations to minimize the likelihood of musculoskeletal injury (MSI). 

  • Assist employees facing workplace discomfort or pain 
  • Proactive comprehensive assessments 
  • Recommendation with effective solution 
  • Helping to select optimal products and stretching exercises    

Group assessment: Each office staff member receives a 30-minute assessment, and one group report is provided with recommendations.  

Minimum 1 day; maximum 8 staff assessments per day. 

Office Ergonomics Assessment – Level 2 

If an employee has experienced an acute or repetitive motion musculoskeletal injury at work and is working in pain or returning to work after a medical leave, consider booking a Level 2 assessment. An ergonomist will evaluate, provide an assessment of what is causing the problem and how to resolve it. 

Get specific recommendations to address the cause of an individual’s musculoskeletal injury (MSI) and minimize the risk of re-injury. 

  • Assist employees facing workplace discomfort or pain 
  • Assist an employee in an RTW situation to lower risk of re-injury 

Minimum 60 to 90 minutes onsite. A detailed individual report to follow with recommendations. 

Industrial Ergonomics Risk Assessment (Job Safety Analysis) 

Schedule a manufacturing job safety analysis. An ergonomist will assess your manufacturing workstations, job tasks, process, and environment to recommend improvements. 

  • Thorough scientific onsite review of workstation, job tasks, work processes and environment 
  • Involves stakeholders at various level  
  • Ergonomics-based GAP analysis  

Minimum 1 day. Recommendations delivered in a written report.

Ergonomic Program Development Support 

A specialized Safety Program Support services contract gives you regular, ongoing access to the services of a qualified ergonomist to help you generate your own ergonomic evaluations, create checklists, train your people, and eventually take over your own office and plant ergonomics program. 


  • Program and policy development 
  • Standard operating procedures (SOPs) for effective workplace ergonomics practices 
  • Hazard identification process 
  • Ergonomic risk assessments and implementation strategies 

Other Ergonomics Consulting 

Contract the services of an Alliance ergonomist to work on specific issues in your office or plant. 

  • Ergonomic assessments 
  • Setup of internal sustainable ergonomics processes 
  • Assistance with job design and workstation setup 

Subject to availability. 

Ergonomics and Human Factors Training

Available 24/7
Ergonomics 101
Ergonomics is concerned with the “fit” between the user, equipment and environment. Ergonomics takes into account users’ capabilities and limitations to ensure tasks, functions, information and the environment suit each user. This course provides information to managers, supervisors and employees on proper ergonomic design to prevent repetitive strain injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders.
Available 24/7


Ergonomics 102
Ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. This course builds on the fundamentals of Ergonomics and assists managers, supervisors, and employees in implementing a musculoskeletal injuries/disorder reduction program.
Contact us for information on ergonomics and human factors workshops and custom training on topics such as:
  • Workplace Ergonomics Train the Trainer (industrial or office ergonomics assessments)
  • Office Ergonomics Lunch ‘n Learn Sessions
  • Ergonomics for Designers/Engineers or Safety Committees
  • MSI Prevention in Manual Material Handling
  • MSI Prevention through Participatory Ergonomics (Make It Safe 2020 session: 4 total hours on demand)

Schedule a Scoping

FREE for Members

If you would like to have a Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC certified ergonomist perform an assessment, please fill out the following form to request an initial scoping. We will follow-up with you and schedule a date that works for you.