Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.
*As defined by the International Ergonomics Association
Often when considering office ergonomics, furniture comes to mind. While sometimes new furniture may be the solution, more frequently, there is a lower cost solution to the ergonomic issues you may be facing. Simple adjustments of your current desk, chair, lighting or accessories while keeping simple ergonomic principles in mind may give you the desired result. This will increase your comfort in the work space and decrease the possibility of office injuries due to awkward postures and repetitive tasks. Supporting the body properly will provide maximum comfort and higher productivity.
If you have a medical ergonomic request that is confidential or supported by a doctor's evaluation, please contact Ann Arbor's Ergonomic Consultant Suzanne Bade at 734-647-7888. Suzanne will work confidentially with our local OSEH representative and Facilities Planning as needed.
If you have a preventative request, review the University ergonomic website. If you are still in need of further assistance, fill out a project request form of the Facilities Planning website. Your submission will be converted to a project request and forwarded to our local OSEH representative. Facilities Planning will work with this representative if your furniture layout needs to be adjusted or orders need to be completed.
Facilities Planning has a variety of items and accessories that you may test for a short period that can assist you as you address your ergonomic needs. If you are interested in trying them out please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Michigan ergonomic awareness website shares tips on how to improve your interaction with your workstation and links to get help.
Please visit link below for specific suggestions to creating an office with the best ergonomic potential:
NEW Sit to Stand Demo
Facilities Planning has recently created a sit to stand demonstration station!
Ergonomists suggest, and often encourage, postural changes for people who work long hours in a sedentary environment. Occasionally, a work station that supports transition from sitting to standing during the work day is recommended. Facilities Planning has made a sit-to-stand workstation available for trial use by campus members in 1140AB conference room. If you'd like to spend an hour or so working at this ergo station, there is a computer with minimal network access ready for your use.
If you are interested in testing out the sit to stand station, please, contact Facilities Planning at 313-593-5045 to schedule a time to work from this demonstration station.