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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.

Oregon OSHA

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

Featured video

Office Ergonomics: Simple solutions for comfort and safety

3 minutes


Setting up a workstation

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

Symptoms to solutions: Ideas for solving some common office ergonomics issues

Resources for staying safe in your home office.

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
Use this worksheet to assess your own workstation for comfort and safety. 

Office ergonomic evaluation
Use this form to conduct an ergonomic evaluation. 

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

Exercise Bites: 7 minutes to enhance your aerobic fitness, muscle strength - YouTube
This video will help you stay active throughout the day at your workstation. Display this poster with a QR code link to the video in your work area.


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

Reducing sprains and strains

BEST – Brainstorming Ergonomic Solutions Tool [Spanish]
Use the Brainstorm Ergonomic Solutions Tool to rethink tasks and make lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling safer.

Save your back, store items safely [Spanish]
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 8.5 x 11 | 11 x 17]
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. 8.5x11 | 11x17  [Spanish 8.5x11 | 11x17]

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 
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

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)
6 minutes

Supporting materials

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