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:
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.
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.
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.
For faculty, instructors and teaching assistants, there are ways you can incorporate ergonomics to minimize discomfort and improve productivity when marking or lecturing. Find recommendations for sitting and standing postures, workstation layout and taking micro-breaks.
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.
A list of our many in-person training sessions on office ergonomics, lab ergonomics and safe-lifting ergonomics.
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.
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.
A-Z of ergonomic resources available to UBC staff & faculty.
- Accidents in the Workplace
- Occupational & Preventive Health
- Healthy Workplace Initiative Fund
- Remain at Work/Return to Work Program
- Personal Safety on Campus
- UBC Thrive
- Breastfeeding Friendly Spaces at UBC
Call the Shepell Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 to chat with a counsellor.