Extra helpIf you need assistance in evaluating your work station or job task to determine if risk factors are still present, the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) department would be happy to perform a site-specific evaluation. Submit an online "Service Request"
Ergonomics (Greek “ergon” to work, “nomos” laws)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, nerves and tendons. Work related MSDs (including those of the neck, upper extremities and low back) are one of the leading causes of lost workday injury and illness. Workers in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to risk factors at work, such as lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively. Exposure to these known risk factors for MSDs increases a worker’s risk of injury.
If your job involves risk factors associated with desk work and computer related activities and would like to assess your work station, use this link for a helpful tutorial on how to make adjustments:
For specific assistance in setting up ergonomics outside of typical office environments, please contact the NAU Industrial Hygienist in the Environmental Health & Safety office: (928) 523-6109
Heavy lifting/materials handling
If your job involves risk factors associated with lifting heavy objects or other materials handling tasks, follow this link to a helpful tutorial on proper lifting/moving techniques:
Purchasing ergonomic equipment
NAU has contracted with qualified vendors that offer ergonomic furniture and other equipment (chairs, desks) departmental personnel can purchase if needed. Follow this link to the NAU Purchasing site for vendor contact information as well as perusing the catalogs:
NAU property surplus
Don’t forget to check Surplus Property in Building #47A to see if any good used ergonomic equipment or furniture is on the sales floor.