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Ergonomics

All employees seeking treatment for work-related injuries or illnesses, including ergonomic medical concerns, must first notify their supervisors. Supervisors must complete a first report of injury through the UNI Incident Portal  for each employee impacted.

What is Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. Effective and successful "fits" assure high productivity, avoidance of illness and injury risks, and increased satisfaction among the workforce. [DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-117]

Recognizing Signs That May Indicate a Problem

  • Pain in the fingers, wrists, or other parts of the body:  may include a dull aching pain,  a sharp stabbing pain, or even a burning sensation;
  • Tingling or numbness, particularly in the hands or fingers;
  • Swelling, inflammation, or joint stiffness;
  • Loss of muscle function or weakness; 
  • Discomfort or pain in the shoulders, neck, or upper or lower back;
  • Extremities turning white or feeling unusually cold;
  • General feeling of muscle tightness, cramping, or discomfort;
  • Clumsiness or loss of coordination; 
  • Range of motion loss; 
  • Discomfort when making certain movements. [UC Riverside | Ergonomics | Ergonomic Signs and Symptoms]

Prevention

Please contact Environmental Health & Safety to schedule a free workstation evaluation. Call EH&S at (319) 273-5800 or email us at safety@uni.edu.

To review furniture offerings please contact Interior Design within Facilities Management

Vertical mice, keyboards, footrests, and document holders can be found through iProcurement

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