Ergonomics is the science of adapting work processes, equipment and tools to best fit you and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI). When we work comfortably, without risk of injury, we are more productive and attend work more regularly.
To learn basic workstation set-up, watch Preventing Strain Injuries in Your Workplace and read Prevention Guidelines for Strain Injuries in the Office Environment (PDF, 2.1MB) and Workplace Guidelines for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Injuries (PDF, 5.9MB).
If You Think You Need an Ergonomic Assessment
The first step in an assessment is to complete the Computer Workstation Self Setup E-Tool.
If you cannot achieve a good setup using the tool, contact the ergonomic assessor in your workplace for a personalised evaluation of your workstation or work activity. Don’t know who is the ergonomic assessor at your workplace? Check with your supervisor and Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee. If your workplace doesn’t have an assessor, contact AskMyHR.
If you are at a smaller workplace and don’t have an in-house ergonomic assessor, your supervisor will try to find another ministry assessor or local assessor.