What is Ergonomics?
The UBC Ergonomics program helps to ensure the safety and well-being of employees at the University of British Columbia. It promotes optimal working postures and practices in order to reduce workplace musculoskeletal injuries.
“Ergonomics is matching the job to the worker and product to the user. Ergonomics and human factors are often used interchangeably in workplaces. Both describe the interaction between the worker and the job demands. The difference between them is ergonomics focuses on how work affects workers, and human factors emphasizes designs that reduce the potential for human error.”
Worksafe BC Regulations
Worksafe BC stipulates that employers must “eliminate or, if that is not practicable, minimize the rise of musculoskeletal injury to workers.”
To meet the WCB regulations, UBC has incorporated ergonomics programming into the University Health and Safety Policy (PDF).