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Ergonomics Program

UBC offers a range of resources and services to promote optimal working postures and practices to reduce workplace musculoskeletal injuries.

Why Ergonomics is important

Ergonomics play an important role in our safety, well-being and productivity. The proper ergonomic design of our workspaces can minimize the risk of a wide range of injuries – from eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome to persistent neck or back pain. Tasks that involve awkward postures, high force, frequent repetition can lead to ergonomic overexertion and repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), errors and inefficiencies. For example, working with your arms away from the body not only strains the shoulder muscles it also reduces hand-eye coordination resulting in an increased risk of spilling.

Ergonomic Regulations & Employer Responsibilities

The Ergonomic Requirements under WSBC relate to musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) which are regulated under sections (4.46 to 4.53) of the BC Worker’s Compensation Act. The purpose these requirements is to eliminate or, if that is not practicable, minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injury to workers. 

Tips, Resources & Support to help Managers & Supervisors

The Ergonomics Program at UBC can assist Supervisors and Managers to ensure that not only our regulatory requirements are met but to also support a healthy and productive work environment.  We have developed a number of online resources, checklists and guides that are available for you to use when needed. Feel free to contact us at ergonomics.info@ubc.ca for additional or customized support.

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Contact us: ergonomics.info@ubc.ca

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