Ergonomics (Greek “ergon” to work,
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has
identified that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, nerves and
tendons. Work related MSDs (including those of the neck, upper extremities and
low back) are one of the leading causes of lost workday injury and illness.
Workers in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to risk
factors at work, such as lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead,
pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and
performing the same or similar tasks repetitively. Exposure to these known risk
factors for MSDs increases a worker's risk of injury.
If your job involves risk factors associated with desk work
and computer related activities and would like to assess your work station, use
this link for a helpful tutorial on how to make adjustments:
If your job involves
risk factors associated with lifting heavy objects or other materials handling
tasks, follow this link to a helpful tutorial on proper lifting/moving
University of Virginia EHS Heavy Lifting Tutorial
NAU has contracted with qualified vendors that offer
ergonomic furniture and other equipment (chairs, desks) departmental
personnel can purchase if needed. Follow
this link to the NAU Purchasing site for vendor contact information as well as
perusing the catalogs:
NAU Purchasing: Ergonomic Equipment
Don’t forget to check Surplus
Property in Building #47A to see if any good used ergonomic equipment or
furniture is on the sales floor.
If you need assistance in evaluating your work station or
job task to determine if risk factors are still present, the NAU Environmental Health
and Safety (EH&S) department would be happy to perform a site-specific
evaluation. Click the "Service Request" Icon on the right side of your screen to submit
an online request via the NAU EH&S portal.