Ergonomic Solutions for Workstations

What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the science of designing the workstation to fit the individual, not forcing the individual to fit the workstation. Ergonomics could also be described as the science of work performance, with an emphasis on safety and productivity.

Ergonomics considers two major characteristics of the job: the physical aspect and the environmental aspect.

Physical Stressors
Many stressors could be included in this category, but when considering computer workstations, two important stressors should be regarded carefully:

  • Repetitive motions, such as typing or filing paperwork
  • Working in awkward positions for extended periods of time, such as holding a phone between your shoulder and chin

Environmental Stressors
Environmental stressors may include the air quality in your working environment or extreme noise. Inadequate lighting and glare should also be considered when examining the environmental stressors of your computer workstation.