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, poor 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.
Staff, faculty, and students may request ergonomic assistance. The Ergonomic 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.
This Ergonomics 101 presentation 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 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.