Sarah Nisar
Workplace Ergonomics Trainer

Sarah's interest in occupational health has involved working in both the public and private sector. She takes a practical and participative approach with ergonomic advice and training courses. She has undertaken DSE assessments, manual handling and ergonomic assessments in a variety of industries.

Sarah's research in the field of occupational health has included use of the computer mouse, undertaken as part of her Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. During her time at RGIT in Oxfordshire, and in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive, she was involved with looking at back pain in small and medium enterprises Back in Work HSE 2002.  More recently she was involved with looking at Work Related Upper Limb Disorders amongst scientists at Oxford University.

Sarah's background as a Physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal disorders provides her with an in depth understanding of the health aspects of ergonomics. She has worked as a senior and clinical lead Physiotherapist, in the NHS, for 30 years teaching both staff and students. Within the NHS she has managed a case load of complex musculoskeletal disorders. She continues to work clinically treating patients.


1997- current: Occupational health: undertaking ergonomic risk assessments, advising on vehicle, VDU and manual handling ergonomics and fitness for work

1997-current: Senior physiotherapist in Oxfordshire NHS

2009 -2010: Clinical specialist lecturer in Occupational Health and Ergonomics at Brookes University Oxford

1982-1997: Junior and senior physiotherapist roles in NHS hospitals working for Oxford, Birmingham and Sandwell health authority

1986-1994: Clinical supervisor to physiotherapy undergraduate students


2004 MSc (Merit) Physiotherapy Coventry University

1982 MCSP Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Wolverhampton School of Physiotherapy


Registered member of the Association of Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics

Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Member of the Health Professions Council

Courses and Training

Visual Display Unit (VDU) Assessors Courses

Basic Manual Handling Training

Bespoke Training Courses

Courses can be designed to meet your organisational needs

Who should be receiving this training?

We recommend our Ergonomic Training Programme to Health and Safety specialists, Line Managers, Supervisors and others who are responsible for carrying out ergonomic risk assessments and implementing good practice to improve worker comfort, safety and performance.

Why is it worth providing such training for your organisation?

A major cause of musculoskeletal disorders is poor manual handling. The HSE has produced specific guidance on lifting operations and a suite of tools to assist in the assessment of tasks at the following links:

Guidance - Lifting operations

Musculoskeletal Disorders - Tool Kit

However, even with the use of such tools, musculoskeletal conditions can occur, especially with a working population of increasing age and Cordell Health would be happy to provide specific training, device and on-site ergonomic assessments tailored to the organisation.  Please contact us if you would like further details of our musculoskeletal services.

Even if the workplace does not involve heavy lifting, sedentary work and poor design workstation can predispose to musculoskeletal problems. Guidance on display screen equipment can be found on the HSE website.

Despite appropriate adjustments, some employees continue to have problems with musculoskeletal symptoms and in such cases a specific ergonomic workplace/DSE assessment may be appropriate. Please contact us if you would like further details of our musculoskeletal services.

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