The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines ergonomics as the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. In general terms, ergonomics is about fitting the work/task to the person rather than fitting the person to the work/task.
Ergonomic risk factors include:
- Awkward postures - Positioning body parts away from their neutral position (or a natural relaxed position)
- Contact pressure – Prolonged contact between a body part and an object
- Excessive force or forceful exertion – Physical effort applied to a body part to perform a task
- Repetitive motion – Repeatedly performing a motion
- Static postures – Holding a body part in a single position over a long period of time
Ergonomic solutions can improve employee safety, comfort and productivity. Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) staff are available upon request to provide ergonomic guidance, training and assessments.
- Michelle Gillette, Ergonomic and Safety Coordinator (P) 541-346-8084
Ergonomic assessments are available for employees working in both office and non-office positions. Evaluations can also be done for remote work locations through video conferencing.
For office positions, employees can request to use a web-based training and self-assessment program (Humantech® Office Ergonomics). New employees and those working remotely are especially encouraged to use this program. The Humantech® Office Ergonomics program takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and recommendations for ergonomic improvements are provided. The Ergonomic and Safety Coordinator will review the results and follow up with employees, if further assistance is needed.
In addition to remote and self-assessments, onsite assessments at work locations or in offices are also available.
To request an assessment of your office, workspace or for specific job duties or to request access to Humantech® Office Ergonomics, please use the "Request an Assessment" link below.
EHS maintains a lending library with equipment, hardware and furniture available for employee trial use of up to 30 days. Lending library items include:
- Anti-Fatigue Mats
- Footrests and Step-Stand (step stool)
- Height Adjustable Workstations (sit/stand)
- Lumbar Supports and Seat Cushions
- Pointing Devices (mice)
To request an item from the lending library, please use the "Request a Lending Library Item" link below.
This program provides support to employees who are assigned to work from a remote location, using a computer, for 20 hours or more a week. Upon request, remote employees will be given access to a web-based training and self-assessment program, lending library furniture/equipment and further ergonomic assistance. For more information, select the link the below.
- UO Ergonomics Safety Sheet
- Ergonomics & Digital Screens Safety Sheet
- Find It and Fix It
- Leverage Zones
- Material Handling Training: Support for people who lift, carry, push, pull and stack!
- View the above 15 minute online training on MyTrack
- Mobile Devices and Smartphones
- Safe Lifting
- Save Your Back: Store Items Safely
- Laboratory Ergonomics
- Office Ergonomics
- Remote Workspaces
- Stretches and Exercises