Ergonomics is the science of fitting the task to the worker. Where there are risks of musculoskeletal injury (injury to soft tissues including tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and the skeletal system), we typically respond with ergonomic interventions to lessen the risk to the worker.
Risks of musculoskeletal injury include vibration, repetitive movement, awkward or sustained postures, temperature extremes, lighting (too dim / too bright), compression of soft tissues, forceful exertions including pushing, pulling, and lifting.
There may be hazards associated with the set-up of your workstation. Sometimes minor adjustments can result in big improvements and help to reduce the risk of injury.
Here are links to helpful office ergonomics resources from SAFE Manitoba:
- Office Ergonomics Checklist
- Tip Card: Ergonomics for Retailers and Offices
- Video: Building a Better Workstation
- SAFE Work Bulletin 233: Ergonomic Hazards of the Seated Posture
- SAFE Work Bulletin 234: Office Ergonomics – Neck, Shoulder Hazards
- SAFE Work Bulletin 235: Office Ergonomics – Arm, Hand, Wrist Hazards
- SAFE Work Bulletin 264: Adjusting the Office Chair and Workstation
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a series of excellent resources regarding office ergonomics.
If you have questions or concerns, or require more information regarding these resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request an ergonomic assessment of your work station, please complete the request form.