Office ergonomics

Step 1. Talk to your supervisor

If you are experiencing discomfort at your computer workstation, notify your supervisor to determine available options within your department (different chairs, keyboards, document holders, etc). Furniture and equipment purchases are the responsibility of your department.

Step 2. Sign up for Office Ergonomics Training

After completing this free online training, you will be able to set up and adjust your own workstation.

Step 3. Refer to the Healthy Workstation Guide

Refer to our Healthy Workstation Guide to reinforce the information presented in the online course.

 Step 4. Office Ergonomics Support

Contact the Ergonomics Support Team if you require more information or have other ergonomic concerns. A team member will contact you to provide recommendations.

Office stretches

Even with the best workstation equipment and setup, working for long periods at a computer can cause fatigue and discomfort. Doing a simple set of stretches can go a long way to alleviating fatigue and reducing muscle discomfort.

Manual material handling ergonomics

Manual material handling can be described as work activities involve moving or handling loads by hand. These activities include:

  • Lifting and Lowering
    • floor to waist
    • waist to chest
    • chest to overhead o floor to overhead
    • or any combination thereof
  • Carrying
    • Unilateral (with one hand) o Bilateral (with both hands)
  • Pushing and Pulling
    • Dynamically – where the object being handled moves over a distance, (a cart or dolly for example)

Note: Moving very light items (less than 0.5 kg) is not generally considered material handling unless the task frequency is high.

Getting help

Ergonomics Support Team 

Contact the Ergonomics Support Team if you require more information or have other ergonomic concerns. A team member will contact you to provide recommendations.

Safety Resources

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105 Maintenance Road
Saskatoon SK S7N 5C5

 safetyresources@usask.ca
(306) 966-4675
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