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Ergonomic Awareness

When considering what triggers ergonomic issues some important information employees should be aware of:

  • Repetitive motions
  • Improper lifting and reaching
  • Amount of force exerted
  • Frequency of movements
  • Work postures
  • Duration at the computer

All these factor into whether an employee is at-risk to experience an ergonomic related injury. Supervisors should be diligent in reviewing the work assignments and recognizing if any of the following triggers and/or precursors to ergonomic injuries exist.

  1. Assignments that involve more than 4 hours of daily computer use
  2. Performing computer tasks with awkward postures
  3. Repetitively reaching or moving the upper extremities beyond their normal range of motion
  4. Working without adequate micro-rest breaks or alternating tasks
  5. Makeshift changes to workstation to increase support
  6. Musculoskeletal discomfort

If these situations are occurring, advise employees to obtain an ergonomic evaluation and/or go to Health Services for assistance. The Safety Coordinator, safety representatives or EHS Division Liaison are available resources.

Ergonomics Resources

For further ergonomics information or assistance, contact Ira Janowitz at x6071.

If any of these factors are occurring, notify your supervisor and follow-up with an ergonomic evaluation and/or go to Health Services. The Division Safety Coordinators and EHSS Liaisons are also available resources.

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Last updated: October 4, 2012