Environmental Health & Safety Ergomonics: Requesting an Evaluation

What is an Ergonomic Evaluation?

Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is available to conduct ergonomic evaluations of office, laboratory, industrial, agricultural, and all other work tasks.

An ergonomic evaluation involves assessing equipment, tools, tasks, and work environments to identify and control physical risk factors that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and computer vision syndrome.  An ergonomic evaluation typically takes between 30 to 60 minutes.

Physical risk factors evaluated include:

  • Repetitive motions
  • Awkward and static postures
  • High hand forces
  • Mechanical/contact stress
  • Vibration
  • Stress to the visual system

These risk factors can be controlled by applying ergonomic principles when designing, modifying, and/or adjusting equipment, tools, tasks, and the work environment to fit the employee.

After an evaluation OH&S staff will provide recommendations to control identified risk factors.

When to Schedule an Evaluation

An ergonomic evaluation should be considered when:

  • New work spaces are designed
  • Significant changes occur in existing equipment, tools, and/or tasks
  • An employee reports symptoms consistent with musculoskeletal disorders and computer vision syndrome

 

How to Schedule an Evaluation

To schedule an ergonomic evaluation contact EH&S at 335-3041

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