Ergonomics is the science of adapting work, equipment and tools so they fit you. Ergonomics reduces the risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI), including injury to muscles, bones or joints.
When you work comfortably, with a knowledge of ergonomic risk factors and neutral working postures, you're more productive, attend work more regularly, and are less likely to be injured on the job.
To learn basic workstation set up:
- Watch Preventing Strain Injuries in Your Workplace
- Read Prevention Guidelines for Strain Injuries in the Office Environment (PDF, 2.1MB)
- Read Workplace Guidelines for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Injuries (PDF, 5.9MB)
If you think you need and ergonomic assessment, the first step is to complete the Computer Workstation Self Setup E-Tool.
If you can't achieve a good setup using the tool, contact your supervisor. Your supervisor will arrange a personalized ergonomic evaluation of your workstation or work activity.
If you're at a smaller workplace and don’t have an in-house ergonomic assessor, your supervisor will find another ministry assessor or local assessor.