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Office Ergonomics

What is Office Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely.

It is commonly applied to work situations where an injury or illness is believed to be related to work activities or a work environment. It can also be applied to prevent potential injury from situations where an employee may hold parts of the body in a fixed position for a long time or perform the same movements repeatedly.

Office ergonomics is concerned with designing and arranging your office work environment to improve efficiency and reduce potential injury. This can include adjustment to a desk chair, computer screen height, or keyboard position.

What can I do to improve ergonomics in my workplace?

1) Learn More About Office Ergonomics

HP has developed a series of videos to raise your awareness and suggest practical changes.

View HP Ergonomics Videos Here

2) Perform a Workplace Self-Assessment

EHS has prepared an Ergonomics Self-Assessment Guide. Use this tool as the next step in improving your workspace.

Download the Guide Here


3) Request Additional Help if Needed

While a self-assessment should serve most employees well, EHS is here to help if needed.

If a self-assessment is performed, ergonomic adjustments are made, and problems persist for more than 30 days, please contact the EHS office at 865-974-5084 or safety@utk.edu.

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