You likely came here because…
- You are in a new office or work space, or
- You have changed or started a new process, task or activity, or
- Your current work space just isn’t working well, or
- You haven’t had any difficulties yet, but want to make sure you don’t in the future
- You are experiencing, pain, numbness, or tingling in your extremities and/or neck/shoulders/hips, or
- You have a history of repetitive stress injuries (i.e. carpal tunnel syndrome), or
- You want to make sure your work area is set up and configured correctly, or
- You are concerned and want to make sure that you don’t develop repetitive stress injuries, or
- A physician instructed you to modify your work space as a result of a disorder or injury
How to proceed: Your next steps…
- Discuss the concern with your supervisor. He/she will need to be involved in this process with you. Your supervisor may even have some recommendations on how to use your workstation more effectively.
- Review the resources for below for suggestions on how to adjust your work space and you work practices.
- Watch an informative training video (15 minutes) on Office Ergonomics. Sign in to SafeColleges with your Goshen College employee ID number.
- If the preceding steps above have not solved your concern, please complete the Ergonomics Evaluation Request Form.
- Checklist for Ergonomic Risk Factors
- Computer Ergonomics Guide
- Get up and Move
- Hand-Keyboard Positioning
- Office Ergonomics Handout
- Office Ergonomics Diagram (How to optimize your workstation)
- Sitting Fit
- Stretch and Flex Exercises
- Stretches that Work at Work
- Ten Risk Factors for Lower Back Pain
- Work in Comfort Ergonomics Presentation
Sit-Stand Desks…are they really the best?
- Stand To Work If You Like, But Don’t Brag About The Benefits (NPR)
- 5 Ways Your Standing Desk Is Doing More Harm Than Good (U.S News and World Report)
- Sitting and Standing at Work (Cornell University)