Ergonomics is the scientific study of people at work. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks. This is accomplished by designing tasks, work spaces, controls, displays, tools, lighting, and equipment to fit the employee´s physical capabilities and limitations.

The way we work and play has changed drastically over the last twenty years. Sedentary office work and use of computers, Internet, phones, etc. has definitely changed our work processes. Our "down time" and how we play has also changed, and we often spend additional non-work time on the computer surfing the Internet or texting friends. While this technology has done a lot to make our lives easier, it has also created new hazards. Physical symptoms of repetitive motion may include dry eyes, sore necks, backs, arms and hands. By focusing on basic ergonomic awareness and techniques, you can prevent discomfort.

Ergonomic issues can also be related to heavy lifting and other repetitive manual labor. There are different types of technology available to limit the amount of lifting one employee has to do.

Please take time to review the ergonomic information below.

Office Ergonomics

Laboratory Ergonomics

Ergotips for Posture

General Guidelines for Office Ergonomics

Stretches and Exercises you can do at your desk

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health- Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders

OSHA Ergonomic Quick Facts

If you have questions or concerns relating to ergonomics, contact EH&S at x3212 or x7241.