Ergonomics applies the knowledge of a human’s capabilities and its limitations to the design of workstations, tasks, tools, equipment, and the work environment as a whole. The primary goal of an ergonomic program is to lessen the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) by reducing or eliminating the conditions that contribute to such injuries. Other ergonomic goals include:
• Increasing worker productivity and performance
• Decreasing worker discomfort
• Improving the overall quality of the work environment
The main stressors that can lead to WMSD are 1) quick, repetitive actions, 2) awkward position, and 3) use of force. The elimination or reduction of these stressors and/or an increase in rest helps to prevent such injuries from occurring.
Computer Work Stations
As an increased amount of time is spent at computer workstations, we need to be aware of how the design and arrangement of our equipment can impact our comfort, health, and productivity. The following links from "Office Ergonomics Training" provide computer workstation guidance. If however you would like further consultation please contact RM/EHS.
- Fourteen Things You Should Know About Back Pain
- A Dozen Things You Should Know about Eyestrain
- Hand and Arm Basics
- Pros and Cons of Ergonomic Office Equipment
- "Conventional Wisdom" vs. Current Ergonomics
- Demystifying all those chair adjustability options
- Ergonomics of Alternative Keyboards
A checklist to help sharpen the eye when looking for risk factors.
Board of Regents' Online Ergonomics Training Modules:
- Computer Workstations
Library Stacks Work
UWG has an ergonomic committee dedicated to custodial operations. The committee's focus is to increase productivity; work quality, worker safety, and worker satisfaction while reducing fatigue, errors, injuries rates, turnover and absenteeism and worker compensation cost through the application of sound ergonomic principles in the work environment.