Ergonomics at UW Oshkosh
Our goal is to help to provide a safe environment that minimizes potential injuries, decreases cumulative trauma disorders and workers' compensation expenses, increases productivity, and ensures a healthier work environment.
- Be alert for and avoid situations that can cause repeated strains to the arms, hands, back, and neck.
- Try to maintain a neutral hand or arm position while doing any task.
- Report to your supervisor any situations that may cause a repeated strain or stress to your body.
- Avoid situations that may create strains or muscle pulls due to force or position required to complete the task.
- In order to reduce the possibility of strains, prepare your body by stretching or participating in simple warm-up activities early in your shift.
- Lift with your legs, not your back.
- Keep the load close to your body.
- Move your feet to turn and never twist your body while lifting.
- Think about your foot position when lifting an object to ensure your feet are safe if the load falls.
- Get help with heavy or bulky loads.
- Be alert for pinch points and watch your hand position.
- Maintain communication with anyone helping you lift.
- Be alert when carrying long objects that may strike a person or equipment.
UWO Campus and State of Wisconsin Resources:
For additional information contact your supervisor, or Campus Safety Office at (920) 424-4484.
NIOSH and OSHA Resources:
- Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling, April 2007
- Easy Ergonomics: A Guide to Selecting Non-Powered Hand Tools, Centers for Disease Control
- Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders, CDC/NIOSH
- NIOSH Elements of Ergonomics Programs--A Primer Based on Workplace Evaluations of Musculoskeletal Disorders
- OSHA eTool for Computer Workstations
- OSHA's Computer Workstation Checklist
- OSHA's "Purchasing Guide Checklist"