What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the applied science that seeks to fit the job to the worker through the evaluation and design of the work environment in relation to human characteristics and interactions in the workplace. 

In a nutshell, Ergonomics fits the work to the employee.

Be ErgoSmart

According to the Worker's Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) pains and strains are the number one reason workers file a claim and lose time from work because of an injury.  Here at McMaster pains and strains are the fastest growing group of reported injuries accounting for 35% of all reports.  The good news is that pains and strains (i.e., Repetitive Strain Injuries / Musculoskeletal Disorders) are preventable.  We can all do our part to take charge of this growing concern.

Find out more about RSIs/MSDs here.

Ergonomics at McMaster

McMaster is dedicated to proactively working towards a healthy workplace including offering ergonomic solutions for employees.  Effective January 2006 an Ergonomic Safety Program was incorporated into McMaster's Risk Management plan with the purpose of promoting supervisor and employee awareness of the risks associated with poor ergonomic design in the workplace; as well as to provide direction regarding the application of safe and efficient ergonomic design in the workplace and implementation with the goal to eliminate all work related musculoskeletal disorders.

In support of this program, general attendance ergonomic training courses are offered on a monthly basis in addition to site specific training for departments as requested.  Individual workstation / practice assessments are also available to individual employees upon request.  Requests can be submitted by completing a form (click here to download).

Making your work experience safer is a responsibility we all share; if you feel any discomfort or pain, have your workspace assessed.  Make a commitment to creating a healthier work environment.