Ergonomics is centered on people at work.
Defined as the science of fitting workspaces to the individuals using them. Ergonomics aims to reduce discomfort and improve efficiency and productivity. (Humanscale) This is best accomplished by designing tasks, work spaces, tools, lighting, and equipment to fit the employee's physical build and capabilities (NIOSH).
Consider height and angle of your monitor, desk and chair height. Do you feel neck discomfort or are your wrists hurting at the end of the work day? An understanding of ergonomic priciples and human factors can prevent most workplace injuries by putting an emphasis on proper posture and adjusting equipment and tools to minimize the impact of repetitive movements.
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.Staff, faculty, and students may request ergonomic assistance. The resources near the end of the page offer guidance for anyone seeking to feel better while using a computer/laptop.
Ergonomic reviews are conducted as a one-on-one meeting and scheduled by request of the the individual employee or the supervisor. Please notify your direct supervisor prior to requesting an ergonomic review to expedite the process of scheduling the meeting. Departments are responsible for approving and funding any equipment or changes identified during the review.
The Foundation presentation covers the science of ergonomics, basics of healthy postures, simple adjustments that make lasting improvements, and how to prevent discomfort while at your seated work area. To schedule a session for your department or group 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.