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Ergonomic Evaluations

Ergonomics

Proper ergonomics reduce the potential for injury resulting from task repetition, forceful exertions and repetitive or sustained awkward postures.  Ergonomic controls are important when setting up work practices and assessing related risk factors.  Proper controls range from establishing appropriate lifting procedures to designing workstations to minimize risk.  The department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) can assist with advice and referrals for assessing activities, work environments and equipment in various work settings.  Contact safety@ksu.edu for information.   

Setting up your computer work station

Many K-Staters spend a good portion of their workday at a computer.  People are not designed to sit all day in front of a computer display and keyboard.  It is important to take short breaks frequently, stand, stretch and walk a bit during the workday to help avoid discomfort and lessen the risk of injury. 

It is also important to set up your work environment to optimize your work flow and proper body positions.  Follow the link below to visit the OSHA Computer Workstation eTool, which provides guidance for proper lighting, posture, equipment placement and more.   

OSHA Computer Workstation eTool

Computer workstation ergonomic evaluations

The risk of injury and discomfort from computer work may be lessened with proper posture, component placement and good work flow design.  EHS has trained personnel who can evaluate workstations for proper ergonomic design (a fee is assessed to the requesting department).  The evaluation includes an in-person assessment of the workstation and recommendations for corrective measures.

Call 532-3846 or the EHS main office (532-5856) to request an Ergonomic Evaluation.