Ergonomics

Ergonomics

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.