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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)

Protecting your back:

Assessing the workplace for hazards:

Protecting your hands:

Food for thought, kids and us:

Personal Hygiene:

Hand Trucks and Carts:

As we age:

Bloodborne Pathogens – Workplace Dangers and Disease Prevention

Fire Extinguishers

Emergency Eyewashes

Safety Data Sheets

Injury Prevention/Wellness Posters, Links, & Tips

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