Ergonomics

This service is for U of S employees only.

Ergonomic assessments are intended to fit the job to the worker by:

  • reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injury,
  • helping to accommodate temporary or permanent disabilities, and
  • improving worker comfort and productivity

 An ergonomic assessment will evaluate the existing furniture at an employee's workstation as well as an employee's typical work habits to deduce ergonomic risk factors and to make recommendations based on best practices.

NOTE:

You do not require an ergonomic assessment to purchase office furniture.

  • Colleges and administrative units are expected to plan for periodic furniture/equipment replacements within their allocated operating budgets, including upgrades and replacements of worn, damaged or outdated office furniture or equipment.
  • Office furniture is to be procured through FMD, in accordance with the University of Saskatchewan Furniture Policy. Safety Resources also offers a list of preferred vendors for ergonomics equipment purchases.
  • This includes sit-stand desks (not for medical accomodation).

Step 1: Review the Self-Help Manual

Consult the self-help manual to make proactive changes and adjustments to your workspace. The manual provides guidelines, references, and basic tools that will help you to proactively set up and adjust your workspace to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal strain and injury.

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS STEP BEFORE PROCEEDING.

You will be asked what proactive measures you have taken prior to an assessment.

 

Step 2: Request an Ergonomics Assessment

If you have made adjustments to your workspace based on the Self-Help Manual, you are still experiencing difficulties, you may request an assessment appointment by completing the online Ergonomic Assessment Request Form.

  • If accessing the ergonoics assessment request form from off-campus locations: you will need to preface your NSID with usask/ (i.e. usask/abc123) when logging into SharePoint.

A member of our Ergonomics Team will visit your work location, make adjustments to your workstation, and provide recommendations for improved ergonomics.

There is no charge for the evaluation and your supervisor is welcome to attend the appointment.

Step 3: Follow Up on Recommendations

Once you have had your assessment, and have received your Ergonomic Assessment Report (via email), follow up on the listed recommendations with the help of your supervisor/department.

To order furniture from FMD:

  • Go to www.facilities.usask.ca
  • Select "Request Service"
  • Select "Request Service" and then "FMD Furniture requisition"
  • Fill in the form including:
    • Your location
    • Your contact information
    • A request description (e.g. a keyboard tray)

For more information, contact Safety Resources by emailing safetyresources@usask.ca or calling 306-966-4675.

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