The Ergonomics Program at Western was developed to support staff and faculty to work safely and efficiently and to optimize their comfort. 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.
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.
Use the information on this website to help you understand and modify your own work areas with the goal of improved safety, comfort and efficiency. You will find information available on:
- Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
- Manual material handling - handling materials by lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, etc.
- Office ergonomics - such as workstation setup, choosing the right chair, and using a laptop
- Laboratory ergonomics - information on pipetting, using a microscope, biosafety cabinets, fumehoods and more
- General exercises - get active at work!
If you have any additional questions or require more information, please contact the Health and Well-being Consultant for your department.
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