1. Sitting Can be Hard on You

    Sitting can be harder on your back than standing or even lifting. After a long day of sitting, your back and neck may feel stiff and tired. The soreness that you feel by the end of the work week is called the Monday-to-Friday Syndrome. It is caused by slouching in your chair or sitting too […]

  2. Ergonomics Can Help You

    Ergonomics is a word you hear in the workplace these days, and it affects your safety, health, productivity and comfort on the job. Ergonomics is defined as the science of designing tools, equipment, and layout to interact efficiently with the human body. Ergonomics takes into account limitations of the human body in a work situation, […]

  3. A “Site” For Sore Eyes

    Staring at a computer screen for hours at a time can result in fatigue, eyestrain, headaches and other problems. Here are some ideas for better viewing of your computer screen and hard copy: The center of the computer screen should be positioned about six inches below your eye level. Having to look at a computer […]

  4. Feet, Knees and Legs

    Finding your comfort zone at the office needs to include making sure your feet rest solidly and comfortably on the floor while sitting. This can be accomplished by making work surface and chair height adjustments that ensure your feet rest firmly on the floor, or use a footrest. If you use a footrest, be sure […]

  5. The Best Posture

    There is no one particular posture which is best for sitting at a desk. Surprised? Office ergonomics experts are now saying the “best” posture for working at a desk is the “next” posture. By that, they mean you should keep changing your position. Try these moves: Shift around in your chair frequently. It is the […]

  6. Sit-Stand Workstation Facts

    Studies indicate that adults sit, on average, 10-15 hours a day with most of that time likely sitting at a desk. Those same studies show that sitting too much leads to major health problems including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer, and even death.  But what these studies don’t suggest is that sitting isn’t the only issue. In […]

  7. Just say NO to the exercise ball in the office

    Watch this video for reasons why the exercise ball should not replace a traditional office desk chair. http://www.humantech.com/just-say-no-to-exercise-balls-in-the-office/?utm_source=ErgoAccelerator&utm_campaign=81dc94d80f-October_is_Ergonomics_Month10_20_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_523422b38e-81dc94d80f-66783997

  8. Employee Ergonomics Assistance

    Ergonomic assistance is available to all UW-System Administration employees through the Office of Risk Management by contacting Amy Spohn at aspohn@uwsa.edu or (608) 262-4792. You may schedule one-on-one ergonomic assessments, make product inquiries, request loaner equipment and seek guidance on equipment purchases. If you’d like to read up on a specific ergonomic issue, take a […]

  9. Checklist for Basic Workstation Ergonomics

    Monitor Is the top of the monitor at or slightly below eye level? Is the monitor directly in front of you, not at an angle? Are there screen reflections that make it difficult to read the screen? Is the monitor screen arm’s length away from you? If you normally wear bifocals, do you have the […]

  10. Adjust the Tools to Fit Your Body

    Take a good look at your workspace. Are the following items set up to fit you? Chair Keyboard Monitor Other tools, such as mouse, document holder Body size counts when setting up a comfortable computer workstation. The goal is to create a good fit between your body and your workstation tools. As you arrange the […]