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Ergonomics at CSU

October 11, 2012

It is the goal of CSU's Risk Management and Insurance Ergonomics Program to prevent the pain and suffering associated with ergonomic-related injuries. This is done through evaluations of workstations and work practices, and implementation of ergonomic control strategies.

Fitting the job to the person

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 Ergonomics Program is to stop, or ideally, prevent these problems from happening. This is achieved through a simple process that includes a variety of services offered by Risk Management for free.

EHS provides a number of services including, but not limited to:

  • Onsite ergonomic evaluations
    • Office workstations
    • Lab spaces (microscope work, pipetting tasks)
    • “Industrial” settings (manual material handling tasks)
    • Custodial work
    • Etc.
  • Ergonomics training sessions
  • Equipment design and purchase
  • Ergonomic equipment loans
  • Chair demos and training

Any job task performed at CSU can be evaluated by an ergonomic specialist.

Training recommended

Each of the above services is available for all CSU employees. Training is highly recommended and will provide you with knowledge and awareness of ergonomics, injury risk factors and appropriate workstation setup. Ergonomic evaluations are just as valuable and ensure your workstation and work tasks are setup appropriately. Additionally, these evaluations aim to reduce and eliminate exposure to injury risk factors.

The best time for the inclusion of ergonomics is before any injury, or at worst, as soon as the slightest discomfort is felt.

It is highly recommended that before making any changes to your workstation, you attend an ergonomics training session. Register for an ergonomics class.

If more questions arise or additional information is needed or to receive an ergonomic evaluation of your workstation, please call and/or email one of the individuals below.

  1. Frank Gonzales, ergonomics program coordinator
  2. Erin Rezac, assistant ergonomics program coordinator
  3. General ergonomics mail account

For more information on the Ergonomics Program, visit the website.