Ergonomics is the practice of fitting the job to the individual, which can help prevent work-related musculoskeletal injuries. Examples include; carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and low back pain. The goal of ergonomics is to identify risk factors that can contribute to the development of work related musculoskeletal injuries and determine solutions to eliminate or reduce these factors.

Risk factors for developing musculoskeletal injuries include awkward postures, repetitive tasks, and/or forceful motions. These types of injuries are usually cumulative; they develop over time, rather than as a result of a single event. By evaluating work tasks that involve these risk factors and finding solutions to better fit the person to the work they do, musculoskeletal injuries can be prevented.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) covers risk factors, as well as other contributing factors in detail on their website. The site also includes advice for how to reduce or limit these risk factors.

Ergonomic Evaluations

EHS provides guidance to individuals and organizational units on how to begin addressing ergonomic concerns. Additional resources on this page provide guidance on how to address ergonomic issues by the type of work environment.

EHS has limited resources to provide on-site ergonomic evaluations.

Additional Resources

EHS is providing this list as an information source only. The listing or a particular group or company is not an endorsement by Bemidji State University.