Ergonomics & Back Injury Prevention

Office and Laboratory Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the scientific study of human work. Ergonomic principles adapt work to a specific person by designing tasks, tools, or equipment to fit the individual to prevent injuries to the musculoskeletal system.

At WSU-TFREC, we strive to use ergonomic principles for:

  • Prevention of injuries
  • Reduced fatigue and discomfort
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved work quality

Please complete the Office and Laboratory Ergonomics training before continuing on to Back Injury Prevention below.

Back Injury Prevention

Back injuries are among the most common workplace safety concerns. Approximately 80 to 90% of the population has or will suffer from lower back pain at some time in their lives. Risk factors for back injury include:

  • General health
  • Genetics
  • Recreational activities
  • Home activities
  • Work tasks:
    • Lifting, lowering, carrying, pushing, and pulling
    • Awkward and static postures

If you routinely lift more than 20 pounds in the course of your normal work activities, your supervisor will provide additional instruction in proper lifting techniques.

Please complete the Back Injury Prevention training. Once both Back Injury Prevention training and the Ergonomics training are complete, take the Ergonomics and Back Injury Quiz.

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