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Ergonomics is the science of fitting the workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.  The goal of ergonomics is to make work more comfortable and to improve both health and productivity.  To meet these goals, the capabilities and limitations of workers and their tools, equipment and furniture are considered in conjunction with how they relate to particular tasks.


The purpose of this ergonomics program is to proactively eliminate work-related Ergonomics Risk Factors and prevent or reduce workplace-acquired Musculo-Skeletal Disorders (MSD) by providing management leadership and employee involvement in the identification, correction and elimination of such risk factors, through information dissemination, education and training on an on-going basis

How Do I Schedule an Ergonomic Assessment?

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort while working at your computer workstation or while performing any other job function that requires lifting and/or carrying heavy objects, pushing or pulling a heavy load, pipetting chemicals, or working in fume hood or a biosafety cabinet, etc., stop and inform your supervisor immediately.  You or your supervisor should contact the UMD Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHSO) at: 726-6917 for Office Ergonomics, or 726-7273 for Laboratory Ergonomics.  You may also contact us  by e-mail at: and request an Ergonomic Assessment.

Things You Need To Do Before The Assessment

Please Note: If you have been injured, and your injury is work-related, you need to fill-out the University First Report of Injury (FROI) form immediately.

What Does an Ergonomic Assessment Include?

An ergonomic assessment usually consists of a discussion period with someone from The UMD-EHSO, during which some basic questions about how much time is spent performing the problematic job function and any pain or discomfort you are experiencing are discussed.  The discussion is followed by a hands-on evaluation of the activity at the work site.
An ergonomic evaluation report will be generated at the end of the evaluation.  The report will provide recommendations to reduce any risk factors that may be contributing to your discomfort.  The report will be kept on file in the UMD-EHSO, and a copy of which will be sent to the supervisor or the employee who requested the assessment.

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