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Ergonomics

Ergonomics is defined as the applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. In simple language this means fitting the job to the people who have to do it, through the design of equipment and procedures. Ergonomics may also be referred to as biotechnology, human engineering, and human factors engineering.

EHS has developed a Material Handling Toolbox Talk, which provides manual lifting guidance, available on the EHS Tool & Machine Safety web page.

Links to the referenced ergonomics programs below are located on the bottom left of this page.

Cornell University provides a Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MSIPP) to University employees. This program is designed to reduce occupational injury by providing consultation and education on proper workplace ergonomics. Services are free and include computer workstation assessments, assistance in developing strategies for successful return-to-work tasks after injury, and training for injury prevention. Directions to schedule an assessment are found on the MIPP page.

Cornell Health also offers information specifically on healthy computer use.

The Cornell University Department of Design & Environmental Analysis and Dr. Alan Hedge have produced a great web site dedicated to ergonomics.  Here you can find all kinds of information and additional links to provide you with knowledge and solutions to address ergonomic related issues.