Ergonomics does a body good

November 19, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

These days, “Where are you working?” is almost as common as “How are you doing?” Whether your work is in the office, at home or somewhere in between, it’s important that your workspace meets your needs.

That’s where ergonomics can help. Ergonomics is improving the fit between the worker, the work and the environment for improved safety and efficiency.

The Ergonomics Team has a variety of resources to help you determine if your current workspace is the best fit for you and, if not, how to improve it. From self-help tools to remote and in-person consultations, help is available to improve your comfort and productivity at work.

“We don’t believe one size fits all,” said Cindy Zielinski, M.S., OTRL, occupational therapy supervisor and lead for the MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness Program. “Your workspace can be optimized to fit your body’s unique needs and simple things like learning how to position your monitor or how to protect your back while lifting a heavy object can make a huge difference in not only how you feel in day-to-day work but also your long-term comfort and safety.”

Ergonomic evaluations are available to faculty and staff who:

  • Would like to prevent injuries by identifying and reducing any potential risk factors
  • Are currently experiencing mild discomfort at work
  • Are currently under a physician’s care for an ergonomic or disability issue

To request an ergonomic evaluation, complete this Ergonomic Evaluation Request Form. The Ergonomics Team will review the information and follow-up with you.

For more information, including our self-help tools, please visit the MHealthy Ergonomics Awareness website.