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September Work/Life Line: Workplace Ergonomics

What is Ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of the kind of work you do, the environment you work in, and the tools you use to do your job. The goal of workplace ergonomics is to optimize your work/office space so that it fits you and your job. Workplace ergonomics is designed to make you more comfortable at work while also preventing injury from repetitive tasks and motions. It focuses on how things are set up in your office space and works to reduce physical stress and strain on repeatedly used muscles.

Here are a few ways you can utilize workplace ergonomics to prevent stress injuries while at work:

  • Try to place your work in front of you and sit tall while you work.
  • Try not to put too much stress on one area of your body, such as your lower back or arms.
  • Change your position often.
  • Turn with your whole body instead of twisting to face your work.
  • Take breaks to stretch or get out of your chair every 20 to 40 minutes. If you can, switch to another task.

Want to learn more? Check out our September Lunch-and-Learn "Workplace Ergonomics: Setting up a Comfortable Workstation" on Friday, September 13th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the Peggy R. Williams Center, HR Conference Room GL-52. Julie Dorsey and Lynn Gitlow, Assistant Professors in the Occupational Therapy Department, will discuss the importance of workplace ergonomics and will provide tips and tricks on how to optimize your office space. RSVPs are appreciated to 274-8000 or e-mail benefits@ithaca.edu  

Work/Life: We believe in the integration of work and life outside of work.

Mind, Body, Me Members: This Lunch and Learn is worth 10 points.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Katie Sack at ksack@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-1208. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.



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