Risk Management & Safety

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the task to the worker or making a job the most comfortable for the individual performing it in order to reduce the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder, or MSD. MSDs are conditions that can develop over time, causing pain or injury to muscles, nerves, tendons and joints.

You can become "ergonomic conscious" and reduce your chance of developing MSDs by knowing the risk factors:

  • Repetition
  • 'Static' or awkward postures or positions: the same position being held for a long period of time
  • Stress or pressure on a joint
  • Force

Neutral posture is a comfortable body position in which your joints are aligned. Working with a neutral body posture reduces muscle strain and stress.

NSHE ERGONOMICS POLICY

NSHE Ergonomics Policy

Ergonomics Basics

Risk Mangement & Safety provides a wide array of information on creating an ergonomically-friendly work environment.

WORKSTATION SELF ASSESSMENT

Use this self-assessment to see if your workstation is set up properly. Forward the completed assessment to Michele.washington@unlv.edu or fax 895-5227.

REQUEST A WORKSTATION ASSESSMENT

If you require a workstation assessment, please send a request to Michele.washington@unlv.edu. The request must be approved by your supervisor. Any purchase recommendations are at your department's discretion.

ERGONOMIC EQUIPMENT PURCHASES

Ergonomic Equipment Purchases

Risk Management and Safety has a selection of demo chairs available for employees to 'try out' before purchasing. Please contact RMS for more information, 895-5404.

This document was last modified on November 12, 2015.