When Workplace Changes Outpace OHS Standards
Professor David Caple, OHS Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonimics & Human Factors, LaTrobe University.
Date & Time: Tuesday 10 September 2019 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue: DXC Technology, Level 19 (Board Room 2), 360 Collins Street, Melbourne
(Between Queen & Elizabeth Street).
When workplace changes outpace OHS Standards
More and more jobs today require working on mobile devices including laptops, Surface Pros and tablets. Some workplaces ‘dock’ these with monitors and keyboards and others are being used as the primary input device. When it comes to assessing ergonomic risks linked to this, compliance is measured by long-established OHS Codes and Australian Standards.
But how relevant and effective are the current Standards for white collar workplaces where agile work is changing the way we work? Professor David Caple will discuss this issue in a lunchtime presentation to Central Safety Group on 10 September.
“Today we have ‘agile work’ in offices while Australian Standards and equipment design have been designed for static workplaces”, says David. The term ‘agile’ describes the fact that a lot of computer work now is not done at conventional office workstations. People are likely to work at team tables, booths, video conference rooms, break-out areas and collaborative spaces as well at home and off site locations. This means existing Australian Standards for task chairs and workstations are potentially based on assumptions that, in many instances, are no longer appropriate.
David will look at the current gaps and the need for change and will offer some recommendations.
About the Speaker
Professor David Caple, AM, has been a leading figure in occupational health and safety in Australia for many years. He has advised a wide range of businesses, industry groups and public sector organisations and worked with Australian and overseas governments on work health and safety strategy. He is currently an OHS consultant and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Ergonomics & Human Factors, La Trobe University.