Ergonomics is the practice of adapting a job to the individual so work can be performed without harmful strain or injury. Reducing or eliminating the risk factors that cause work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) is the major goal of an effective program.
As with other health and safety programs, ergonomics:
- Evaluates work to be done and the procedures for doing it
- Trains employees
- Develops strategies to eliminate or reduce risk factors
In addition to reducing the pain and suffering, a preventive program reduces the institutional costs associated with WMSDs.
The following resources are available to assist University departments with ergonomics issues.