What We do

We are proud to be one of America's top ergonomic assessment organizations

Ergonomic Assessments of Ventura brings together our knowledge in ergonomics to provide you with innovative solutions. We offer a full range of ergonomic services and online training programs strategically suited to fit your unique injury prevention and productivity needs.

  • Office Ergonomic Assessments
  • Remote Work Ergonomic Services
  • In-Person Training
  • Ergonomic Program Development

Office assessments include group and individual assessments, as well as design and equipment recommendations for any type of office space.

Using the latest technology, we can perform ergonomic assessments at any workstation, regardless of location!

Various levels of in-person training for any industry to help your team maintain an injury-free workplace.

Promote a healthy and productive work environment by implementing an in-house ergonomics program.

What Is Office Ergonomics?

Office ergonomics refers to the scientific design of a workspace to fit an employee’s body, capabilities, limitations, and even job tasks. We use our training in physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics and good old fashioned people skills to do this right. We work with folks to find the best way to safely interact with their work environment and recommend solutions they’ll use.  Fitting the environment to worker helps prevent discomfort and injuries. 

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Did You Know?

the right ergonomic design will reduce the risk of injuries

“Statistics show that many adults spend up to 70% of their waking hours sitting down and have little to no physical activity in their daily lives.”

The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research - Sedentary Behavior: Emerging Evidence for a New Health Risk

Ergonomics is not just about equipment.

Many organizations rely on specialized ergonomic office equipment and furniture, such as chairs, desks, and computer equipment to keep employees comfortable and safe– but one size does NOT fit all!

We often don't think about ergonomics until something starts to hurt.

This can cause long-term issues such as back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, vision problems, etc. Benefits of having an ergonomically sound work space are good for workers and employers: reduced workers comp costs, increasing productivity, increasing employee morale and improved quality of work. When people feel good, they work better.  Work shouldn’t hurt!

The more people working in an ergonomic environment will result in less and fewer risk factors and in turn lower the number of workers compensation claims a business faces.

Providing employees with a comfortable workspace reduces the risk of them obtaining injuries during their career, and gives them a sense of importance within the company to know they are being taken care of and their best interests are being looked out for by their employer.

Protection with better ergonomics

Workers in discomfort on the job affect the entire company. Work-related MSDs, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, and back injuries, are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time. Time away from work means lower productivity and higher costs as well as many unseen costs, such as time spent training replacement workers and overtime pay.

Then, there are those cases where employees come to work, but discomfort or the medications they take to alleviate pain reduce their productivity. This phenomenon, called presenteeism, is defined by the Harvard Business Review as “the problem of workers’ being on the job but, because of illness or other medical conditions, not fully functioning.” While this loss of productivity is hard to quantify, it’s no less real when it comes to the cost of doing business.

Today's most forward-thinking organizations are embracing ergonomics programs to help mitigate employee risk, while empowering employees to proactively take control of their health in the workplace.

"The easiest way for an organization to reduce its work-related injury costs is to prevent those injuries from happening in the first place. " - Stephanie Joyce
Ergonomic Assessments by EAV help with worker compensation claims

(5) simple steps you can do to improve your work environment:

  1. Find your natural posture:
    • Feet on the floor in front of you, hands on your lap, shoulders relaxed and leaned back slightly. This should feel comfortable.
  2. Mouse and keyboard placement:
    • Height: 2 inches from your thighs
    • Tilt: the keyboard down and away from you
    • Position: keyboard and mouse shoulder distance apart
  3. Position your screen(s):
    • Distance: sit back and extend your arm, your fingers should brush the monitor
    • Height: close your eyes, open them, your site should land on the address bar of your web browser when at the correct height
  4. Adjust your chair:
    • Shape: think back to posture
    • Length: when sitting comfortably there should be about a fist size of space between the chair and your leg
    • Height: your feet should be flat on the floor when sitting
  5. Get up and move!
    • An ergonomic workspace can only go so far, physical activity is still a crucial part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to get up and stretch during your work day!
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Stephanie Joyce MS, OTR/L CEAS is a licensed occupational therapist and certified ergonomic assessment specialist. As the principal ergonomist for EAV, she will put her training and experience to work for you to collaborate with your team to find solutions to workplace pain points - and where there’s collaboration there’s higher success. Get in touch with EAV now to reduce your worker’s comp costs and create a healthier workplace.

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Meet EAV's Ergonomic Specialist

Stephanie Joyce

Ergonomic Assessments of Ventura (EAV) is committed to reducing workplace injuries and associated costs resulting in higher productivity and profits. We provide ergonomic assessments and education for businesses. Studies show that ergonomic modifications can greatly reduce employee injuries and increase overall company profits. No two workplaces function the same way. Let us come in and customize a solution to keep your work flow moving forward and your employees and bottom line in good health with the power of ergonomics.

FAQ

the importance of ergonomics and your work environment

Of course, protecting employees’ overall well-being is simply the right ethical move, but beyond a company’s moral responsibility, providing a safe office environment comes with a strong business case that has a direct effect on an organization’s bottom line. An organization’s most important asset is its employees. High-functioning employees drive organizational success, but if those employees have to work through discomfort, their output is bound to suffer. This could also lead to more unplanned absences, which could hurt an organization’s ability to meet important goals and deadlines. 

With a proper office ergonomics program in place, organizations can proactively protect their employees from injuries that hurt their job performance, which has a wide-ranging effect on multiple fronts. By keeping employees healthy through an office ergonomics program, some of the major benefits include: 

    • Productivity: Providing employees with a comfortable and safe work environment allows them to perform more efficiently and removes barriers that keep employees from doing their job. Employees in this kind of environment can produce more and don’t have to take time away from work because of injuries.
    • Improve employee performance: Along with increased productivity, an employee who isn’t distracted by injuries or an uncomfortable work environment can better focus on the task at hand. These workers are less likely to overlook mistakes and miss important deadlines. 
    • Cut organizational costs: The C-suite is always looking for ways to cut costs, and implementing an office ergonomics program helps organizations reduce spend on not only workers’ compensation claims but also on long-term health care costs. Many ergonomics-related injuries come with chronic pain, which adds up over time. By preventing these injuries from ever happening in the first place, employers can better control those expensive health care costs.
    • Create a trusted, engaged work environment: When employees see their employer values the health and safety of the workforce, it increases morale, encourages program participation, and creates a deeper sense of community. A happier workforce also means less turnover in the long run for yet another cost-saving measure for organizations.
    • Protect organization’s reputation: Today’s consumers demand more social awareness from the companies they support, and how they treat employees plays a big role in their perception. If injuries plague an organization’s workforce, the company could find itself in the midst of a public relations nightmare.

An ergonomic risk factor is a work condition that places physical stress on the employee. This physical stress can potentially lead to common ergonomic injuries, so identifying these ergonomic hazards can play a huge role in preventing injuries. Protecting workers from these ergonomic risk factors helps employers maintain a productive, motivated, and engaged workforce. 

To proactively provide employees with a safe work environment, here are some major office ergonomic risk factors employers should monitor:

    • Awkward sitting positions.
    • Sustained postures.
    • Repetitive motions.
    • Poor lighting.
    • Temperature extremes.
    • Insufficient breaks. 
    • Heavy lifting.

In the office environment, organizations across many industries typically see the same common ergonomic symptoms plague the employee population. With these same ergonomic symptoms popping up, it’s important to know how to correctly identify early warnings for the most effective office injury prevention. This allows organizations to quickly offer corrective treatment to suffering employees as well as preventive solutions to employees who have not yet shown these ergonomic symptoms. 

The most common ergonomic symptoms in the office include:

    • Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers.
    • Joint swelling, stiffness, or inflammation.
    • Muscle weakness, tightness, spasms, cramping, or pain.
    • Shoulder, neck, or back pain or discomfort.
    • Range of motion or grip strength loss.
    • Shooting or stabbing pains through the arms or legs.

When employees are subject to a poor office ergonomic setting, they often suffer from repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. All that awkward sitting, hovering over a keyboard, mousing, and staring at a monitor eventually take their toll, which is when these repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal disorders can develop and bring long-term effects. 

Repetitive strain injuries include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. 
  • Bursitis.
  • Tennis elbow.
  • Tendinitis.
  • Tenosynovitis, also known as wrist tendinitis.
  • Ganglion cysts.

Among common musculoskeletal disorders are:

  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Chronic back or neck pain.

As organizations look for ways to implement an effective office ergonomics program, conducting an ergonomic evaluation on each employee is a necessary, foundational step. Virtual assessments have become popular as more and more employees work from home, and distancing guidelines are still in place. An ergonomic evaluation gives a systematic view of where risks lie in an organization. With this kind of clarity, organizations, and individuals, can better prioritize their efforts, offer the right solutions, and track progress to reduce repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.   

With the proper ergonomics assessment you now have the power to help your employees, and if it is an individual assessment, you have the power to stop the pain. Work shouldn’t hurt!

As an organization, you can now identify and measure risks through employee data: To identify this risk data among employees, organizations can use employee ergonomic assessments, and discomfort reporting. With this information, organizations can identify high-risk employees and then offer customized prevention solutions, such as providing ergonomic work stations, individualized education for self-correction, and access to ergonomic specialists such as Stephanie Joyce, EAV’s specialist.

As today’s workforce is increasingly turning to remote work, organizations need to ensure they can scale their ergonomics program to support this new environment. Many organizations struggle to transition their well-established ergonomic practices and standards to a home office ergonomics program. If programs fail to extend into the home or alternate work environments, long-managed problems, such as discomfort, declining productivity and employee injury, can emerge.  

To help remote employees create an ergonomically friendly home office, consider offering the following.

  • Extend ergonomic training to include remote workers: Whether employees work at home, in a coffee shop, or at corporate headquarters, ergonomic issues affect everyone just the same. Remote workers aren’t any less likely to need ergonomic guidance than in-office workers, and a thorough training session can help employees proactively avoid ergonomic hazards before they become a problem.
  • Define your home office ergonomic equipment standards and processes: Just because employees aren’t in the corporate office doesn’t mean the required equipment and care should not be integrated into your existing and established standards and processes. Also, consider how to address home office work and the remote worker regarding emergency planning, business sustainability, and continuity planning.
  • Help employees help themselves: Most problems are either solvable by common household items or through behavior management. This may be sufficient for the temporary or occasional work-from-home scenario. Either way, your program needs to enable employees themselves to manage their safety because the ergonomics team won’t have access to the physical work environment.

The information you need to reduce employee injuries and spend less money on worker’s comp cases!

Ergonomic training ONLY works if changes are implemented.  Working with an occupational therapist/ergonomist who specializes in collaboration means we’re much more likely to find ways your workers will want to work.  

We try to make the least intrusive and least expensive changes because they are most likely to work.  These are things like teaching an employee how to correctly adjust their chair, computer, or desk to better fit their body.  We also  provide education about stretching, safe lifting, or other body mechanics changes.

If you need a written report it will detail recommended changes in equipment, job duties, and/or furnishings to help mitigate risk and increase safety. This is a vital tool that can help you with future planning to avoid costly injuries in the future.