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Ergonomics – Injury Prevention & Wellness

What is Ergonomics?

Rearranging current or bringing in new worksite tools/equipment to fit a job to a person.

Why improve ergonomics in the work place?

  • Helps reduce muscle fatigue and strain
  • Helps improve focus and productivity
  • Helps improve health and wellness

Ergonomic Assessments

4J administered ergonomic assessments are intended to be cost free or inexpensive, in assisting the adjustments of work stations to help reduce fatigue and muscle strain from redundant motion and static body positioning. Cost free adjustments can be identifying ways to adjust current tools/equipment to be repositioned in a more ergonomic manner to repurposing existing/equipment tools that may already be available in the district, but are not being used.

Recommendations will also be made for new ergonomic tools/equipment to be purchased when these tools/equipment are not available. If site/department has funds for any of the recommended items, Human Resources can help coordinate the purchase through our local ergonomic vendor, WorkSite Solutions.

If site/department does not have funds available to purchase any or all of the Recommended items, The Standard’s Stay-at-Work Form can be completed if there is a medical condition that may necessitate the need for work site modification or tools. The Standard’s primary services are for employees with a permanent disability. However, there is an injury prevention component that might allow the use of new ergonomic items, at no cost to the district, if approved.

Concerns with your current workstation tools/equipment, set up?

  • View below videos
  • Request an ergonomic assessment of your work station
    • Contact your site’s ergonomic train the trainer
      • Saif provides Office Ergonomics Train the trainer training to selected 4J staff who can perform ergonomic assessments. Interested in administering ergonomic assessments? Contact your site/department administrator to get signed up.

Saif: Ergonomics

1. Office ergonomics: Simple solutions (0:45)
2. Posture is important (0:40)
3. Adjust your chair (1:26)
4. Adjust your keyboard and mouse (1:23)
5. Adjust your monitor (1:22)
6. Using the phone; working the “zone” (1:03)
7. Thinking on your feet (1:11)
8. Working on the go (1:12)
9. Cost-saving solutions (0:55)

10. Snow Shoveling Safety: Stretching and Warming Up  (2:54)

11. Snow Shoveling Safety: Proper Technique (1:58)


Injury Prevention/Wellness Posters, Links, & Tips

    1. 20-20-20-Rule – Give Your Eyes a Break
    2. Ask for help
    3. Be aware of your surroundings – Safety Awareness
    4. Be aware of your surroundings – Hallway Corners & Doorways
    5. Check Equipment Before Use
    6. Drink water: Stay Hydrated
    7. Hand Truck – Safety Tips
    8. Hand Truck – Use for heavy loads
    9. Healthy Living: Staying Healthy
    10. Identify & Report Hazards
    11. Fork lifts (identify hazards)
    12. Know your limits
    13. Ladders – DO NOT stand on desks or chairs- Use District Issued Ladders
    14. Ladders – Avoid Overreaching
    15. Ladders – Is equipment set up properly?
    16. Let it fall
    17. Lifting Do’s & Don’ts
    18. Neutral Posture – Office Work Station
    19. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
    20. Shoes – Replace Worn Out Footwear
    21. Signage (Restrict Area Entry & Take Alternate Route)
    22. Use hand railing
    23. Use the Right Tool & Technique for the task
    24. Slippery Floors
    25. Shoveling
    26. Shoe Chains (walking on snow/ice)
    27. Take 2 Trips
    28. Training (follow safety protocols)
    29. Walk Like a Penguin (walking on ice/snow)
    30. Warm up and Stretch
    31. Zones: Green-Yellow-Red – Office
    32. Zone: Green, Yellow, Red – Leverage