Ergonomics is the study of work, and ideally involves fitting the job to the person, not the person to the job. As you begin working, the slight posture changes you make to accommodate the workstation you are given may not be drastic, but over time might lead to more serious problems.
The CSU Ergonomics Program includes a variety of services offered by Risk Management and Insurance, free of charge.The purpose of the Ergonomics Program is to stop, or ideally prevent, these problems. This is achieved through a simple process that includes a variety of services offered by Risk Management and Insurance, free of charge. Several options are outlined here, as well as the steps for scheduling an ergonomic evaluation.
Although the below information pertains to office ergonomics, any job task performed at CSU, whether inside or outside the office environment, can be evaluated by an ergonomic specialist.
Types of Ergonomic Evaluation Available
Level 1 – Ergonomic Evaluation (Concise Overview – Less Detailed)
An ergonomic specialist will visit the employee’s worksite and provide a concise ergonomic evaluation of the employee’s workstation. This level of evaluation can be requested if an employee does not wish to have a detailed/comprehensive evaluation and would like a less detailed analysis of their workstation.
This type of evaluation may be useful in several situations (i.e. if an employee has had an ergonomic evaluation of the same workstation in the past, has attended formal Office Ergonomics Training or is confident their workstation is well setup ergonomically.)
Overall time: about 15-30 minutess
It is not required to have a Level 1 evaluation prior to requesting a Level 2 evaluation.
Level 2 – Ergonomic Evaluation (Comprehensive Overview – More Detailed)
An ergonomic specialist will visit the employee’s worksite and provide a detailed ergonomic evaluation of the employee’s workstation. This level of evaluation can be requested in place of or following a Level 1 ergonomic evaluation and is intended for an employee who wishes to have a more detailed and comprehensive evaluation of their workstation.
This type of evaluation is useful for employees who have never had an ergonomic evaluation or who have had a Level 1 evaluation and need additional help or have continued problems.
Overall time: about 30-60 minutes.
Need more information? Email the CSU Ergonomics Team at EHS_Ergonomics@mail.colostate.edu