Ergonomics in the workplace

Ergonomics is about arranging our environments so we can work comfortably and safely, whether we're in the office or on the move. Learn about ergonomic workstations, mobile devices, proper posture, stretching, and more.

Office Ergonomics: Simple solutions for comfort and safety

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Supporting materials: Office ergonomics self-assessment, Office ergonomics evaluation, Neutral posture poster

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Order code: ERGO-23

Oregon OSHA

Visit the Oregon OSHA website to learn more about workplace ergonomics and other safety topics. Start here:

Setting up a workstation

Resources for staying safe in your home office.

Ergopoint® by Humantech® for office ergonomics assessments
SAIF policyholders can use this resource to evaluate their office workstations to ensure neutral postures.

Learn how to adjust your office chair, monitor, keyboard, and mouse; plus get tips on proper posture and injury prevention
A self-help guide for maximizing comfort and reducing physical stressors

Office ergonomic self-assessment
  [Spanish] [PDF]
Use this worksheet to assess your own workstation for comfort and safety. 

Office ergonomic evaluation [PDF]
Use this form to conduct an ergonomic evaluation. 

Workstation ergonomics leverage zones  [Spanish] [PDF]
Use this tool to arrange your work area for comfort and safety.

Neutral posture (11 x 17)  (8.5 x 11) [PDF]
Standing neutral posture (11 x 17) (8.5 x 11) [PDF] [Spanish] 8.5 x 11 | 11 x 17
Brainstorming solutions for ergonomic issues [PDF]

Reducing sprains and strains

Save your back, store items safely [Spanish] [PDF] 
This poster includes best practices for storing items so they can be accessed with less strain and sprain risk. 

Control work processes
Ergonomics is about fitting the task to the individual. This guide will show you how.  

Safe lifting techniques (11 x 17)  [Spanish]
Learn the six steps for safely lifting a load, plus tips for designing lifting tasks with ergonomics in mind.

Hierarchy of controls for musculoskeletal disorders
Use this safety model to design workplace solutions that reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

Find it and fix it
This tool describes common ergonomic issues and proposes potential solutions.  

Poster | Strengthen and lengthen | Improve core strength and muscle tone with these active exercises. [English] 11x17 | 8.5x11  [Spanish] 11x17 | 8.5x11 [PDF]  

Office stretches [Spanish]
Prevent fatigue, discomfort, and musculoskeletal disorders caused by seated office work with these stretching exercises. 

Safety in Motion®

A versatile training program proven to reduce injuries from lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and other activities that may result in sprains and strains 

Lighting for office and industry

Ergonomic lighting considerations
Provides an overview of lighting considerations in the office work environment, including contrast, glare, and dual-lighting components.

Adequate lighting [PDF]
The benefits of adequate lighting include greater productivity and accuracy, improved safety and security, and improved morale. This comprehensive safety guide explains how to evaluate lighting in your workplace, including a checklist and additional resources.

Video library
Office Ergonomics: Simple solutions for comfort and safety

Having the right ergonomic equipment helps. But you don't have to spend a fortune. This video series shows how you can make small changes that can have a big impact on your comfort and safety.

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Supporting materials
Workstation comfort brochure [PDF]
Office ergonomic evaluation [PDF]
Office ergonomic self-assessment [PDF]
Neutral Posture Poster [PDF]

Strengthen and lengthen

Learn seven simple exercises to improve core strength and muscle tone and reduce your risk of injury. It only takes a few minutes before work or during breaks. (2016)


Play English version (5:30)   Play Spanish version (6:08)

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Order code: ERGO-09 (English/Spanish)

Supporting Materials:
Poster | Improve core strength and muscle tone with these active exercises.
[English] 11x17 | 8.5x11 [PDF]
[Spanish] 11x17 | 8.5x11 [PDF]

DVD (no streaming available)

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    34 minutes | The 34-minute DVD assists companies with reducing back injuries and im … Read more
  • Back in action | LIFTING-04 (English/Spanish/Portuguese)
    20 minutes | Help improve awareness and cultivate individual responsibility when it … Read more
  • It's your back: don't break it | LIFTING-12 (English/Spanish)
    20 minutes | This video includes steps to prevent back injury, proper posture, safe … Read more
  • Office safety basics | GENSAFE-46
    8 minutes | This short, eight-minute film touches on many office safety subjects, … Read more
  • Office ergonomics: simple solutions for comfort and safety | Free DVD
    12 Minutes | Having the right ergonomic equipment helps. But you don't have to spen … Read more
  • Strengthen and lengthen | Free DVD (English/Spanish)
    5:30 minutes | Learn seven simple exercises to improve core strength and muscle tone … Read more
  • Lifting: Back Injury Prevention Lifting-17 (English) Lifting-18 (Spanish) | Lifting-17 (English) Lifting-18 (Spanish)
    9 minutes | One of the most costly injuries in the agricultural industry is back i … Read more


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