Environmental Health & Safety

Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the workplace to the employee.  No more of the “one size fits all” when it comes to the workplace – whether in a classical factory setting, classrooms or office settings.

The science of ergonomics has been around for about 70 years, and has become recognized in the last decade as being more than an academic exercise.  Proper ergonomics in the work place reduces absenteeism, improves employee morale, and has a rapid return on investment.  No employee at Fort Lewis College should suffer from an ergonomic job-related injury.  In fact, the vast majority do not.  Our goal should be to recognize proper ergonomics in our various settings and take appropriate action when ergonomic corrections can be made.

The College follows recommendations made by Pinnacol Assurance, who serves the College in the capacity as our third party administrator for workers’ compensation.  

Information provided by Pinnacol Assurance includes:

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prepared ergonomic information and regulations regarding ergonomic injuries.  OSHA’s web site is: http://www.osha.gov/ergonomics

OSHA’s sister agency, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is one of the world’s leading research agencies; its web site is: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ergonomics/

Ergonomic evaluations or training can be conducted by EH&S.  Feel free to contact EH&S at 7272 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your work station.


Use the following checklist and information to make your workday healthier and more comfortable: