Ergonomics at Clark
Ergonomics is the practice of adapting a job to the individual so work can be performed without harmful strain or injury. Reducing or eliminating the risk factors that cause work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) is the major goal of an effective program. As with other health and safety programs, ergonomics:
- Evaluates work to be done and the procedures for doing it
- Trains employees
- Develops strategies to eliminate or reduce risk factors
In addition to reducing the pain and suffering, a preventive program reduces the institutional costs associated with WMSDs.
Below are some instructions to assist with self-evaluation and correction of possibly harmful situations:
- OSHA Ergonomics
- CDC Ergonomics
- Vibration Calculator
- Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling (CDC)
- A Guide to Selecting Non-Powered Hand Tools (CDC)
- Proper Lifting Techniques (WISHA)
For information or to request an ergonomic consultation, contact Rebecca Benson in Environmental Health and Safety.