Margaret Hanson qualifications Works out

WorksOut was formed in 2007 and is run by Margaret Hanson who has been advising and supporting organisations in their ergonomics and workplace health needs since 1993.

She has worked with large and small clients in a wide range of sectors including public services, banking and finance, manufacturing, healthcare, power generation and construction. She is skilled at understanding clients’ needs and delivering clear action plans to tackle workplace risks; clients appreciate the thoroughness of her work.

Margaret holds a first class honours degree in Ergonomics from Loughborough University. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors; a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; and an associate member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics.

WorksOut has a network of associates in ergonomics, occupational psychology, occupational physiotherapy, occupational medicine, and health and safety who can work with us to support large projects.

WorksOut is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and supports organisations in the north of England, and Scotland where site visits are required. She can provide remote support to organisations nationally and internationally.

As part of our commitment to sustainable living and working, WorksOut will aim to travel to clients’ sites by public transport. Where this is not possible, we will plant a tree for each work-related car journey, in our grove in the Scottish Highlands. You can watch it grown here.


Margaret has spoken at many conferences, on topics including:

  • Assessment of repetitive tasks: tools and tips (Health and Wellbeing at Work, 2019)
  • Managing the MSD risks in the renewables industry (46th International Health Symposium for the renewable industry, 2016)
  • Managing the ergonomics challenges of green jobs (Health and Wellbeing at Work, 2015)
  • Reducing MSD risks for mobile workers (IOSH – Edinburgh branch meeting, 2012)
  • Applying ergonomics to reduce MSD risks (Health Risks at Work event, 2012)
  • Vehicle ergonomics: driving comfortably (IOSH – Edinburgh branch meeting, 2012)
  • Ergonomics and the environment (Pharmaceutical Ergonomics Alliance, 2012)
  • Green ergonomics: embracing the challenges of climate change (CIEHF Annual Conference, Donald Broadbent Lecture, 2010)
  • Optimising Workstation Behaviour (Health and Wellbeing at Work, 2010)
  • Driver comfort (RoSPA conferences, 2009)
  • Ergonomic design in the workplace (Health and Wellbeing at Work, 2008)
  • Reducing MSD risks in construction (Scottish Construction Safety Group, 2008)
  • The cost effectiveness of rehabilitation and return to work (for Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2007)
  • Cost effective MSD case management and rehabilitation (Occupational Health Nurses Forum (Scotland), 2007)
  • Spend to save? Is case management of musculoskeletal disorders cost effective? (Ergonomics Society Rehabilitation Conference, 2007)