Ergonomics Program

Safety Office

Ergonomics is concerned with the "fit" of the user with equipment and their work environment. The proper ergonomic design and setup of the work environment including furniture and other equipment is necessary to prevent musculoskeletal injuries caused by repetitive actions or awkward positions. Poor setup and work practice can lead to injuries and long-term physical health effects. Good work station design and equipment is key in the prevention of long term health effects due to musculoskeletal injuries and repetitive strain.

Supervisors are encouraged to include the Safety and Health Specialist when planning changes to the work environment and equipment. Workers should discuss their needs with supervisors regarding the replacement of furniture or equipment prior to requesting an assessment.

If specific medical accommodation is required, consult Pamela Stanton, Health and Wellness Manager, in Human Resources prior to consulting your medical practitioner.

Request an Ergonomic Assessment

3 Ergonomic Improvements You Can Make Now

Straighten Up
Align your monitor, keyboard and mouse between your shoulders. Set up your chair for good posture. Make sure the top of the monitor is just below eye level and not reflecting glare off windows or lights.

Tidy Up
Place commonly used objects like the phone within easy reach and relocate less commonly used items further away -- this includes things stored under your desk that can get caught up in your feet.

Get Moving
Try to get up and move around at least once per hour to get your blood circulating and allow your eyes to rest and refocus. Do some light stretching to relieve tension in your legs, neck and shoulders.