It is an assessment of your desk-based working environment to ensure that the workstation is fitted to you correctly.
A correctly fitted workstation will maximise work efficiency and minimise the risk of injury or pain from prolonged working in the same posture.
The @work module is for any individual who is sitting or standing at a desk-based working environment for longer than 2 hours, regularly throughout the week. They are classified at Display screen equipment users.
Yes, if a company employs more than five employees then they have a legal obligation to provide their employees with an ergonomic workstation assessment, under the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Display screen equipment (DSE) regulations 1992 (amended 2002).
Ideally assessment should be carried out once a year. However,if there is a change in an individual’s capability, there is a change in an individuals workstation or if an individual becomes pregnant then the workstation assessment should be carried out sooner.
The program is divided into three modules:
- The Corefulness @work active module is a video-based program which teaches you about correct posture and anatomy, how to set up your workstation correctly, software settings to minimise RSI, how to plan your work activities and your entitlements as a desk-based workstation user.
- The Corefulness @work online questionnaire guides you through the workstation setup and highlights areas of your workstation that require focus or particular equipment required to ensure your workstation meets specific requirements.
- The Corefulness @work Evolve module gives you access to short exercise programs to stretch and mobilise the body during movement breaks in your day.
- The @work active module, which consists of the videos take 21 minutes to watch.
- The online ergonomic workstation questionnaire takes XX minutes to complete.
- The @work Evolve module consists of four exercise programs which can either be viewed and followed as a whole or an individual can follow one or two exercises throughout the day depending on whether they have tightness in their back or neck or whether they want to increase their heart rate and move.
Once you have registered, watch the 21 minutes of videos which teach you everything you need to know about setting up and working within the desk-based working environment. As the videos progress you can pause and start to alter your workstation or you can wait to make alterations during the questionnaire. Mark each video as complete once you have watched it.
Having watched and completed the videos you will have access to the online Ergonomic Assessment Questionnaire. Work through each question systematically and alter the workstation as you progress. If you require equipment to make your workstation compliant then add items suggested onto your Wish List.
You may not be able to make your workstation fully compliant on the initial assessment, if you require equipment. You are able to access the online questionnaire as many times as you need. Once equipment arrives you can work through the questionnaire again.
Follow the exercise programs in the Evolve module to keep you stretched and moving during your day.
Look at the Quick Tips for Ergonomics for advice on how to manage time and minimise stress on the body when working in the desk based environment.
If you are an individual, register on the Corefulness.com website, go to the Corefulness programmes page, select the Corefulness @work module and sign up.
If you are a employer interested in purchasing multiple licenses, please register on the Corefulness.com website, go to the Corefulness programmes page, select the Corefulness @work module, press the ‘apply here’ link and complete the form. A member from the Corefulness team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.
If you are an employee of a company, who has purchased multiple licenses, then you will receive an email prompting you to register and login and access the @work module.
Once you have purchased licenses and supplied the email addresses for your employees, they will be sent an email to sign up to the module.
Once an employee has completed the videos and online questionnaire you will be able to view the results of the questionnaire and therefore see if any aspects of their workstation are non-compliant.
Employees can send you their Wish List of products which either the employer or employee can purchase through the website. Employees can then repeat the questionnaire once equipment arrives and you will have a record of a fully compliant workstation for that employee. A certificate is produced which can be saved onto an individual’s HR file.
As you work through the online ergonomic questionnaire, if your workstation is not compliant and you require equipment, you will be able to view options for equipment and add them to a Wish List. At the end of the questionnaire you will be able to access this Wish List and purchase equipment directly through amazon.com. Equally you will be able to share this wish list with your employer.
Once your equipment arrives you can redo the questionnaire in order to ensure that the equipment is set up correctly and your workstation is fully compliant.
Yes, the Foundation Module, which is a six week, video-based, core strengthening programme is available to all users for free. This is an excellent course providing a safe core strengthening programme for people of all ages and physical abilities.
The Running Module can be purchased for £9.99 and provides runners with useful information on how to improve their running technique in order to maximise their running efficiency and minimise injury.
If you are interested in the Schools Module, either for your school or for a school you know, then please apply online and one of the Corefulness team will be in touch about this programme.