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Ergonomics at MSU

General ergonomics information is provided to help MSU employees make computer workstation changes or adjustments in order to improve comfort and reduce the chance of occupational injury.

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What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of how we work. By studying work methods used by individuals we can improve the design and function of tools and objects that are used by the worker. In addition to evaluation of tools and objects the worker can be observed interacting in the work environment in relation to reaching or bending during the workday. Poor postures or extended reaching can be reduced or eliminated.

Good ergonomically designed workstations can help to prevent cumulative trauma disorders (CTD’s). Examples of CTD’s are: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis. Many CTD’s can be prevented by making a few simple and inexpensive changes in equipment used for computing and the initiation of stretching and strengthening exercises the workers can easily perform during the workday.