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Ergonomics is defined as the science of work.  It is study of the relationship between workers and their environments, especially, the equipment used. By implementating sound ergonomic principles i.e. adapting the employee's work environment, work tools and activities to the employee, barriers to quality, productive, and safe human performance can be removed.

Sound ergonomics maximizes employee job function and productivity, prevents injuries, improves employee comfort, promotes return to work after an injury, and accommodates an employee with injuries or disabilities to perform his/her work tasks.

Learn more Reference Document for Ergonomic Practices

PC Workstation Ergonomic Assessments

Currently, EHS conducts ergonomic assessments primarily for PC workstations. Interested employees must have their supervisor contact EHS to request an assessment. The assessment generally consists of:

  • The EHS representative will take measurements of the workspace and evaluate it for comfort and efficiency.
  • The EHS representative will ask the worker to demonstrate their typical workstation posture and activities. 
  • The EHS representative will convey general suggestions and impressions verbally at the close of the meeting.
  • EHS will send a summary memo to the employer outlining any changes in work habits or equipment required to improve comfort.

The process starts with an Ergonomics Assessement. To Request an Ergonomics Assessment, Contact EHS.