Human Resources

Ergonomics Introduction

Ergonomics

The Ergonomics Program at Western was developed to assist staff and faculty work safely, efficiently and optimize their comfort.  This value-added program is provided by Human Resources Services and managed by the Safety, Health & Wellness Department.

Ergonomics applies scientific theory, principles and methods to explore the relationships between the worker, job tasks and the workplace. Understanding how humans interact with their work has helped to create standards and guidelines for the design of physical and cognitive working environments.

Workers across Western perform a variety of jobs with different physical and cognitive demands.  Western’s Ergonomics Program can help by evaluating and providing solutions to different work-related problems.

The ergonomics website was designed to help Western’s employees modify their own work areas with the goal of improved safety, comfort and efficiency.  To achieve this, practical ergonomics information is provided including ergo tips, general exercises and step-by-step assistance with office workstation set-up.  Employees are invited to review the website and call us with questions or request a free ergonomics consultation.