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Our department oversees a number of programs designed to provide environmental oversight, and ensure the health and safety of our community. Quickly search forms in our A-Z Forms Directory and program descriptions in our A-Z Programs and Safety Notices Directory. We hope that these new directories will make it easier to find exactly what you need.

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Practice Proper Workplace Ergonomics

Musculoskeletal disorders accounts for one-third of all injury or illness cases in the United States, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Among office clerks, receptionists and administrative support workers, carpal tunnel syndrome and injuries to the neck, shoulders, and back were main causes.  As with all aspects of ergonomics, no “one-size-fits-all” body position or arrangement of items exists – worker needs may differ.

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety can assist in correcting many of the ergonomic problems faced in your immediate job environment. Most of the problems that result in repetitive injuries can be solved with simple, yet effective solutions. If you are experiencing discomfort and feel that it is a result of current work station design, please feel free to contact our department for assistance. Take a few minutes to review the following information on workstation ergonomics and some key points to look for and apply the principles mentioned.

Do you sit at a desk for hours at a time for work? Do you ever feel sore, experience back or neck pain, or have pain in your fingers? If so, you may not be practicing proper ergonomics. Mayo Clinic recommends following these tips to help make your workstation more ergonomically correct:

  • Ensure your chair is adjusted so your feet rest on the floor and your knees are level with your hips. Use a footrest if your chair is too high for you to comfortably rest your feet on the floor. No lumbar support? Use a cushion between the curve of your back and the back      of your chair.
  • Keep items you regularly use – including the telephone or a stapler – close to your body to avoid unnecessary stretching throughout the day.
  • Position your computer mouse close to your keyboard, and keep your wrist relaxed when using the mouse.
  • Keep your wrist in a straight position when typing – not bent up or down – and consider using a wrist rest to help minimize stress.
  • Do you talk a lot on the phone? Cradling a phone between your head and neck can cause strain. Use a headset to eliminate this issue.
  • Pay attention to your posture. Keep your body centered in front of your monitor and keyboard, and your thighs horizontal with your knees.
  • Make sure you have plenty of space under your desk for your legs, knees and thighs. Mayo Clinic recommends having a desk at least 19-inches deep, 30-inches wide and up to 34-inches high (depending on your height).
  • Keep your monitor about an arm’s length in front of  you.
  • To help avoid glare, keep the brightest light source in your office to the side of your monitor.
To schedule an office ergonomic evaluation of your workstation, please contact EHS at 898-5126.

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