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May 10, 2013
The Office of Risk Management & Insurance Ergonomics Program offers a variety of free services that can help prevent problems associated with poor fit between workstations and workers.
Ergonomics is the study of work, and ideally involves fitting the job to the person, not the person to the job. As you begin working, the slight posture changes you might make to accommodate the workstation you are given may not be drastic, but over time they might lead to more serious problems.
The purpose of the CSU Office of Risk Management & Insurance (RMI) Ergonomics Program is to stop or, ideally, prevent these problems which can be quite harmful over time. This is achieved through a simple process that includes a variety of services offered by Risk Management, free of charge.
The Ergonomics program provides several options for ergonomic evaluation.
Although the information presented here pertains to office ergonomics, any job task performed at CSU, whether inside or outside the office environment, can be evaluated by an ergonomic specialist.
Level 1 – Ergonomic Evaluation (Concise Overview – Less Detailed)
An ergonomic specialist will visit the requesting employee’s worksite and provide a concise ergonomic evaluation of the employee’s workstation. This level of evaluation can be requested if an employee does not wish to have a detailed/comprehensive evaluation and would like a less detailed analysis of their workstation. This type of evaluation may be useful in several situations (i.e. if an employee has had an ergonomic evaluation of the same workstation in the past, has attended formal Office Ergonomics Training or is confident their workstation is well setup ergonomically).
Overall time = 15-30 minutes (approximately)
It is not required to have a Level 1 evaluation prior to requesting a Level 2 evaluation.
Level 2 – Ergonomic Evaluation (Comprehensive Overview – More Detailed)
An ergonomic specialist will visit the requesting employee’s worksite and provide a detailed ergonomic evaluation of the employee’s workstation. This level of evaluation can be requested in place of or following a Level 1 ergonomic evaluation, if an employee wishes to have a more detailed and comprehensive evaluation of their workstation. This type of evaluation is useful for employees who have had a Level 1 evaluation and need additional help and a more detailed overview of their workstation given continued problems.
Overall time = 30-60 minutes (approximately)
Click here to see what is involved in the Comprehensive Ergonomic Evaluation
1. Call or email Frank Gonzales, Ergonomics Program Coordinator, at (970) 491-2724, Frank.Gonzales@colostate.edu, and request an ergonomic evaluation or workstation analysis.
2. Inform your supervisor that you are seeking advice from an ergonomic specialist.
3. Indicate the type of evaluation you wish to receive (described above):
a. Level 1 – Less Detailed
b. Level 2 – More Detailed
4. Briefly state:
a. The issues/concerns/problems you are having
b. Why you are seeking an evaluation
c. Your contact information and office location
5. Download and fill out the ergonomic evaluation questionnaire here.
6. Return the completed form to Frank Gonzales, Ergonomics Program Coordinator, via email at Frank.Gonzales@colostate.edu
7. Coordinate a time and day to meet with an Ergonomics Specialist for the evaluation.
8. If additional questions arise, please contact the Ergonomics Program office at (970) 491-2724.
For more information on the Ergonomics Program please visit our website at: http://www.ehs.colostate.edu/ergonomics
Contact: Erin Rezac