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Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.

Members of the TWU community who have any concerns about the ergonomics of their work station, or any work tasks they perform, are encouraged to contact EH&S for an ergonomic assessment.

See a short video about office ergonomics from the State Office of Risk Management, which is actually humorous AND informative.

If you are experiencing musculoskeletal discomfort or health issues that might be related to your workspace, or to ensure your workspace is ergonomically setup regardless of any issues, please fill out the Ergonomic Questionnaire.

Ergonomics and Telework

The current COVID-19 Pandemic has led to almost all TWU employees suddenly finding themselves working remotely for an undetermined period of time. Employees who have never worked remotely may find that they have an awkward remote workstation. In the quest to establish new routines in a time of abrupt change, ergonomics may be one of the last things on an employee's mind.

Ergonomics, the science of designing the workplace to fit the worker, applies regardless of whether that workplace is an office or a remote location. Working remotely does not negate the importance of maintaining proper ergonomics, which is essential to maintaining employee health.

If an employee finds themselves struggling to create a well-equipped, ergonomic remote workstation, Risk Management can help. This document is designed to give useful information on how to properly design an ergonomic remote workstation. If you would like a FREE virtual ergonomic assessment, please complete this Virtual Ergonomic Assessment form.

If you would like any additional information on ergonomics, please contact EH&S at

Please note, while EH&S does not furnish ergonomic equipment, an ergonomic assessment will allow EH&S to identify what beneficial changes can be made to an existing setup while providing professional recommendations about ergonomic equipment. 



Page last updated 3:50 PM, October 14, 2020