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 repetitive tasks. This is accomplished by designing tasks, work spaces, controls, displays, tools, lighting, and equipment to fit the employee's physical capabilities and limitations (NIOSH).
Prevention is the key to avoiding musculoskeletal discomfort. Health Promotion and Wellness offers education, individual and group recommendations for the office environment, and consults with departments responsible for large scale renovations and improvements.
Ergonomic reviews are conducted as a one-on-one meeting and scheduled by request of the supervisor or the individual employee. Please notify your direct supervisor prior to requesting an ergonomic review to expedite the process of scheduling the meeting. Students may request ergonomic assistance as well. The resources below provide guidance for anyone seeking information.
This session covers the philosophy of ergonomics, basics of healthy postures, simple adjustments that make lasting improvements, and how to prevent pain and discomfort while at your seated work area.
To schedule a session for your department contact (309) 438-8845.
Is your request for an ergonomic assessment related to a need for a reasonable accommodation as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act?
There are numerous options available for those looking for active workstations. Below are examples of what is currently used on campus.