Ergonomics

Ergonomics play an important role in our safety and well-being. The proper ergonomic design of our workspaces can minimize the risk of a wide range of injuries – from eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome to persistent neck or back pain.

Fortunately, many potential injuries can be avoided by making a few simple changes to the set-up of our workspaces and bringing awareness to the repetitive movements we perform as part of our daily work. The UBC Ergonomics program offers a range of services to promote optimal working postures and practices to reduce workplace musculoskeletal injuries.

Our team offers services that include:

Design  & Purchasing Guidelines

Incorporate  ergonomics in the design phase to optimize work and  and reduce risk of injury . Designers and  Project Managers can find information on UBC’s guidelines for new buildings and major renovations and those in charge of purchasing office furniture will find guidelines and key information to consider before purchasing.


Office Ergonomics

Ergo your office today. Find resources and tools and a list of department office ergo reps to help you set up your office space ergonomically.


Lab Ergonomics

Ergo your lab and design for efficiency. Find resources  and guidelines to help you set up your lab workstation to minimize the risk of injury. Resources include key considerations when purchasing new equipment for your lab.


Ergonomics Training & Workshops

A list of our many in-person training sessions on office ergonomics, lab ergonomics and safe-lifting ergonomics.


Ergonomic Regulations and  Accident/Incident Investigations

WSBC Ergonomics (MSI) Requirements (4.46 to 4.53) places a legal responsibility on employers to identify factors in the workplace that may expose workers to a risk of MSI, assess the risk level and implement controls to eliminate or, if that is not practical, minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injury (MSI). See  tips on identifying risks in your environment when investigating overexertion and repetitive strain injuries.


Sit-Stand Desks

Learn how to correctly set up a sit-stand workstation and review UBC’s purchasing guidelines to find key information you need to know before purchasing a sit-stand desk or platform.


Ergonomics Consultation, Assessments & Job Demands Analysis

Job Demands Analysis (JDAs) systematically evaluate and quantify the job demands. JDAs are a key component of identifying risks and invaluable in the return-to-work process. Contact UBC’s Ergonomics Advisor if you require  a JDA or an assessment of a complex work environment.


 Ergonomic Resources

A-Z of ergonomic resources available to  UBC staff & faculty.


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