Ergonomics focuses on identifying and reducing six important risk factors:
We recognize that minimizing pain and injuries helps improve health and productivity. U-M is dedicated to enhancing the health and safety of the faculty and staff community.
MHealthy is helping to efficiently mobilize our ergonomics expertise, develop new awareness programs, coordinate efforts among management and staff, and offer subsidized consultations for employees under a physician’s care for issues that may have workplace ergonomic implications.
The program helps increase faculty and staff awareness of, access to, and the effectiveness of ergonomic resources within the U-M community. The program helps departments and employees apply ergonomic principles to everyday work practices.
Ergonomic principles focus on three strategies:
The Ergonomics Awareness Program includes all three strategies to maximize the health and productivity of our workforce, decrease rates of injury and minimize workplace discomfort.
The Ergonomics Team provides a combination of education and ergonomic consultations to minimize the effects of ergonomic risk factors on our health and productivity and to help us emphasize personal responsibility for safe behavior and environmental factors within our control.
There is no cost to departments or individuals for the self-help tools on the websites, the awareness materials, or the consultation time of our ergonomic experts. If equipment changes are needed as part of an intervention, we will work to identify solutions with the department’s leadership.
Explore this website to learn how to identify risk factors that are within your control, and improve your work habits, techniques, processes and equipment set up. By understanding more about risk factors and minimizing them through self-management techniques and effective safety behavior, you can reduce the risk of injuries and enhance comfort, productivity and job satisfaction.
The Ergonomics Awareness team combines the efforts of ergonomic consultants from the following programs: