The Be Well at Work - Ergonomics Program
The Ergonomics Program promotes healthy campus and home work environments through workshops, consultation, and coordination of the campus network of departmental computer workstation evaluators. Our goal is to help fit jobs to people.
When working on a computer, it is important to remember that the proper ergonomics design of your computer workstation is important no matter where your “office” may be. We care about your health and safety while you complete your important work in a new work environment. To help you have a good computer workstation on campus or at home, please follow the ergonomics tips below:
Step 1: Take the interactive on-line course, Computer Health Matters, which will help you set up a user-friendly workstation. Enroll now.
Step 2: Review the following resources:
- A User Friendly Workstation
- Ergonomics Tips for Working at Home
- Video: Ergo Tips for Using the Mouse(link is external)
- Computer and Desk Stretches(link is external)
Step 3: Based on the information identified in Steps 1 and 2, make recommended changes to your home workstation. Discuss any needed items with your supervisor/manager prior to purchasing.
Keyboards, Mice and Other Ergonomic Tools
There are a few simple ergonomics products that may improve your home/campus workstation, particularly for those who are now using laptops more than ever. For example, by elevating your laptop (by use of a laptop stand or stack of books) to get the monitor to the correct height and using an external keyboard and mouse, the ergonomics of your home workstation has greatly improved. This list includes keyboards, mice, footrests and laptop stands/risers.
See a list of pre-approved products.(Home)
See purchasing instructions(link is external) including delivery to home for ergo products
Chairs and Tables
The standard chairs are listed below and will fit users approximately 5’3’’ to 6’3’’. How to adjust and use your chair video.
Step 4: On an as-needed basis, “virtual” assessment of home workstations is available. These would be accomplished by phone, photos, and/or video chat. To schedule an assessment, please contact Greg Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Ergonomics Matching Funds Program
The products on this pre-approved list would qualify for the Matching Funds Program during this time. This funding is limited and will be used on a first-come, first-serve basis. To qualify for this funding, please following these steps:
- Faculty or staff needing products must take or have taken the online Computer Health Matters training within the last two years. Enroll now.
- While not required, a virtual ergonomics assessment may be requested. See above for details.
- Select the item(s) from the pre-approved list of peripheral products.
- Purchase the item(s).
- Complete the matching funds application.
- Submit the application and supporting documentation to Greg Ryan at email@example.com for monthly processing.
For other ergonomic needs not already mentioned above, please contact Greg Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org).