Quantify your ergonomic risk

Ergonomics expands to all areas of work whether in the office, laboratory, dining center, medical facility, animal handling facility or for custodial workers. Identifying, evaluating and controlling injury risks when performing job tasks can help prevent injury, regardless of where work tasks take place. The Office of Risk Management & Insurance's ergonomics program offers a variety of ergonomics and risk assessment services. Evaluating your workstation and job tasks for ergonomic risk is crucial because ergonomic risk can be present in many tasks performed on a daily basis. Awkward postures or forceful exertion, especially when repeated or sustained for extended time, can have a tremendous impact on the body.ergo Risk Scores 1 The Office of Risk Management & Insurance can provide ergonomic evaluations for anyone on campus, including faculty and staff who perform office related tasks or tasks in a lab, kitchen or other industrial work area. Risk scores are broken down into a simple color coding scheme to highlight the level of ergonomic risk. An ergonomic evaluation and quantification of ergonomic risk will illustrate the exposure to ergonomic risk before and after changes are made and, ideally, will illustrate a reduction of risk. More information about ergonomic services or schedule an ergonomic evaluation of your workstation or job tasks. Funding assistance offered To help departments make office ergonomics related changes, a matching funds program is available. The program can provide matching funds of up to $500 to support existing computer workstations modification to help prevent ergonomic injury.desk and chair Matching funds can be requested by any department or employee as long as that request is made to ergonomically improve a workstation or an identified ergonomic hazard. Employees and departments in need of assistance with equipment purchases due to budgetary restrictions are especially encouraged to apply for matching funds. To obtain matching funds for ergonomic changes, the department or employee must meet certain criteria to be considered for matching funds. These include but are not limited to:

  • Attending an office ergonomics training
  • Having an ergonomic evaluation performed within 12 months of the request for matching funds
More information about the matching funds program. For additional details, visit the ergonomics webpage or contact Frank Gonzales at Frank.Gonzales@colostate.edu or (970) 491-2724.  

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Start Summer Off Right with Ergonomics

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.chair 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. What is Involved in the Comprehensive Ergonomic Evaluation Schedule an evaluation Need more information? Email the CSU Ergonomics Team at EHS_Ergonomics@mail.colostate.edu

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