Registered Ergonomist, Osteopath and DSE assessor
My Ergonomics training started in the 80’s with a degree in Ergonomics from Loughborough University. Computers were relatively new, but there were early concerns about postural issues with prolonged usage. In the early 90s I worked for Royal Mail Research and Development. This included implementing the new European Directives in Display Screen Equipment (DSE) which applied to the office staff but also for the coding workstations where staff input address information from images of mail items, a very repetitive task. We also implemented the Manual Handling regulations establishing maximum weight for mail bags and delivery pouches.
I then moved into Product Development looking at the human interface for products ranging from hospital defibrillators, to video recorder controls and mobile phone interfaces. In 1995 I retrained in Osteopathy and have since then worked in clinic but maintained my ergonomics consultancy work. I have over 20 years’ experience of undertaking DSE assessments in multiple industries including law firms, graphic design companies, call centres, banks and advertising agencies. I also teach Ergonomics to other therapists so they can help their patients or go into work places.
I am a Chartered Ergonomist and Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and still enjoy the satisfaction of making changes and giving advice to improve people’s working environments. Over the years computers have expanded out of the workplace and into our home lives. It is no good sitting perfectly at work if you go home and hunch over a tablet for hours in the evening. I always give advice on mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and phones so that people are mindful of the postures whenever they are using technology. I have recently been working with local schools who are introducing tablets for each pupil to use at school and home, trying to raise awareness of good posture so that children get into good habits early.