Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) currently account for one-third of all occupational injuries and illnesses reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by employers every year. These disorders constitute the largest job-related injury and illness problem in the United States today. UF has a commitment to provide a safe environment for its employees, students and guests. One element of this commitment is providing information, evaluation and consultation to reduce the risks of developing ergonomic injury.
The following links contain reference materials and ergonomic tools that may be useful in the identification of risk factors, management of work tasks, organization of work spaces, and the selection of effective equipment for the reduction of ergonomic risk factors and injury.
How to Set Up Computer Workstation to Ergonomic Principles
Overview of Neutral Posture Orientation: Typically Poor
Overview of Neutral Posture Orientation: Recommended
A “Site” for Sore Eyes – Signs of eye problems caused by poor lighting and ideas for better viewing of your monitor and hard copy.
Ergonomic Checklist Brochure – A guide to common workstation problems and possible solutions.
Safe Computing Brochure – Guide to setting up a computer workstation and proper posture for computing. Covers monitor, keyboard/pointing device, document holder, chair, posture, and more
Request for Evaluations
If you feel you are experiencing discomfort due to the setup of your workstation, please try to adjust your workstation using the referenced guidelines above. If after attempting this self-help approach, you are still experiencing discomfort, please fill out the Ergonomic Self-Evaluation for Office Workers and email to firstname.lastname@example.org (UF employees only).
Useful Office/Computer Ergonomic Links
Computer Workstation Ergonomics from OSHA – A very good resource
Materials Handling and Lifting
Sedentary Work and Rest Breaks
Use of freeware to promote intermittent breaks
“Smart pipetting: using ergonomics to prevent injury.” by Erickson/Woodard.
Email Todd Morrone or call (352) 392-1591 if you have questions, comments or suggestions on ergonomics in the workplace