Your questions answered: Are we liable to pay for ergonomic testing in our workplace?

By Portner Press on October 3rd, 2019
  1. Risk Management
  2. Workplace Safety

Q
We have a staff member who suffers from back and neck pain. Her physio has suggested she have her workplace ergonomically tested. Are we, as a company, liable to pay for that assessment?
A
You have work health and safety obligations to maintain, as far as reasonably practicable, a workplace that is free from risk of harm. Whether it is reasonably practicable for you to take those steps requires having regard to considerations like practicality, impact on your business and costs. Under the circumstances, it would appear that you should pay for an ergonomic assessment.

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