What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics involves adjusting the job to fit the worker—not the other way around. The goal is to change or make adjustments to equipment, the environment and work processes in order avoid injury and improve employee productivity.
What is the goal of the ergonomics program at uOttawa?
To reduce or eliminate the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders in the workplace
What is an ergonomic specialist?
- A person who specializes in hazards leading to and risk factors of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. This specialist:
- Completes ergonomic assessments and physical demand analyses;
- Provides written assessment reports to workers and their supervisors;
- Suggests solutions to eliminate any hazards identified;
- Helps put solutions into practice;
- Provides training on ergonomics and musculoskeletal injuries;
- Provides assistance on accessibility issues, accommodations in the workplace and return to work; and
- Collects statistics on musculoskeletal injuries and provides prevention strategies.
How do I request an assessment?
Complete the ergonomic assessment request form and send it by email to pborris@uOttawa.ca, by fax to 613-562-5120 or by internal mail to Room 017, Tabaret Hall. The ergonomic specialist will contact you to set up an appointment.
Ergonomic services are provided at no charge to University staff. However, putting recommendations into place and costs associated with doing so are the responsibility of the employee’s faculty, school, department or service.
- Exercises you can do at your desk (PDF)
- Checklist (PDF)
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Computer Ergonomics – Workstation Layout and Lighting (Ontario Ministry of Labour Health and Safety Guidelines)
- United States Department of Labor, Computer Workstations